Are Models the Answer?

Kim Iles


This note gives a short discussion about using models with or without correction by eld measurements in forest inventory. While modelling with LiDAR may be tempting, the author would argue that these inherently limited models are best used for their ability to distribute overall totals after the fact, or to assist a more general unbiased inventory approach using models as an initial estimate.


LiDAR; Forest Inventory; Growth&Yield modeling; models; sampling; growth measurements; virtual timber cruising;

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