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Forest Assessment and Monitoring (FRST90019)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5Not available in 2018

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Year of offerNot available in 2018
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeFRST90019
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject promotes understanding of quantitative assessment of forest carbon, timber and biodiversity. Specifically, the aim is to:

  • Present the state of the art of forest assessment for carbon, timber and biodiversity
  • Present methods for formulating and planning an effective and efficient forest assessment
  • Enable participants to implement a modern assessment and determine the advantages and disadvantages of available methods
  • Enable participants to analyse assessment data to determine reliable estimates and confidence limits

Topics include: introduction to statistics and sampling theory, issues in forest assessment design, modern measurement tools and techniques, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing, and specific techniques for assessment of carbon, timber and biodiversity.

Intended learning outcomes

This subject will provide students with an advanced understanding of:

  • The role of assessment in forest management
  • Statistical techniques for sampling design and analysis, sources of assessment errors and their significance
  • The use of standard equipment to estimate tree and stand parameters such as diameter, basal area, height, crown cover and stem volume
  • The use of modelling tools to estimate forest carbon
  • Techniques to asses forest biodiversity including species richness and composition
  • The use of GIS for forest assessment and creating maps using ArcGIS
  • The use of remote sensing in forest assessment and project management. Ability to access and use various satellite data for specific purposes

At subject completion students should be able to design and implement a forest assessment.

Last updated: 11 January 2018