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Title: Validation databases for simulation models: aboveground biomass and net primary productive, (NPP) estimation using eastwide FIA data
Author: Jenkins, Jennifer C.; Birdsey, Richard A.
Publication: In: Hansen, Mark; Burk, Tom, eds. Integrated tools for natural resources inventories in the 21st century. Gen. Tech. Rep. NC-212. St. Paul, MN: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, North Central Forest Experiment Station. 515-524.
Abstract: As interest grows in the role of forest growth in the carbon cycle, and as simulation models are applied to predict future forest productivity at large spatial scales, the need for reliable and field-based data for evaluation of model estimates is clear. We created estimates of potential forest biomass and annual aboveground production for the Chesapeake Bay watershed region from USDA Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis data. These estimates were developed primarily for model evaluation and represent the pilot phase of an effort to estimate potential and actual forest biomass and annual production for the entire nation.
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