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Greg C. Liknes

Research Physical Scientist
Forest Inventory & Analysis
1992 Folwell Ave
St. Paul, Minnesota 55108
Phone: 651-649-5192

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Current Research

I am a Research Physical Scientist in the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Research Work Unit. The FIA program at the Northern Research Station is responsible for the forest land inventories of 24 states extending from the Great Plains to the northeastern United States. My current research interest is the application of geospatial and remote sensing technologies to improving the precision and efficiency of inventories as well as reducing cost. I am interested in semi-automated approaches to mapping the landscape using high-resolution imagery, particulary in areas with tree cover that do not meet a traditional definition of forest. I also conduct research to determine the best methods for combining climate data with forest inventory information in order to address ecological questions regarding drivers of changes to forests.

Research Interests

In addition to my work with high-resolution imagery and climate data, I am interested in the application of lidar to forest inventory.

Why This Research is Important

The FIA program fills critical forest information needs for a variety of customers in state government, the timber industry, environmental organizations, and many more. As a neutral provider of data, FIA seeks to constantly improve the inventory efficiency and utility in order to maximize the return on taxpayer dollars. Integrating geospatial and remote sensing technologies into inventory processes aids in achieving this objective.


  • University of Minnesota, M.S. Department of Soil, Water, & Climate, 1999
  • University of North Dakota, B.S. Department of Atmospheric Science, 1996

Professional Organizations

  • American Geophysical Union, Member (2010 - Current)

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