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Title: The status of accurately locating forest inventory and analysis plots using the Global Positioning System
Author: Hoppus, Michael; Lister, Andrew
Publication: In: McRoberts, Ronald E.; Reams, Gregory A.; Van Deusen, Paul C.; McWilliams, William H., eds. Proceedings of the seventh annual forest inventory and analysis symposium; October 3-6, 2005; Portland, ME. Gen. Tech. Rep. WO-77. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service: 179-184.
Abstract: Historically, field crews used Global Positioning System (GPS) coordinates to establish and relocate plots, as well as document their general location. During the past 5 years, the increase in Geographic Information System (GIS) capabilities and in customer requests to use the spatial relationships between Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) plot data and other GIS layers has increased the value of and requirements on measurements of plot locations. To meet current FIA business requirements, it is essential that GPS locations be accurate.
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