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Guided Transect Sampling with a New Strategy for Second-Stage Guidance

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Guided transect sampling (GTS) was recently proposed as a method for surveying sparse and geographically scattered populations if prior information with high spatial resolution is available. With this method, wide survey strips are, during a first stage, randomly selected in the area to be surveyed. In the second stage, the selected first-stage strips are subsampled with a survey line or survey strip based on the prior information. In this article, a new strategy for second-stage guidance is developed and evaluated in a simulation study. The suggested strategy uses an assumed model for the relationship between the prior information and the variable of interest to find an efficient design for selecting the second-stage transects. The performance of the suggested strategy is evaluated in terms of the variance obtained in different realizations of the assumed model. Results from the simulation study indicate that the suggested strategy is an efficient alternative to previously suggested strategies, if the correspondence between the model population and the real population is good. On the other hand, if the difference between the two populations is large, large variances were sometimes obtained. FOR. SCI. 49(2):169–175.

Keywords: Optimal design; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; natural resource management; natural resources; simulated annealing; sparse population; strip survey; two-stage design

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: Assistant Professor Department of Forest Resource Management and Geomatics, Natural Resource Inventory at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden, S–901 83 UmeĆ„, Phone: +46 90 7866838; Fax: +46 90 778116 Anna.Ringvall@resgeom.slu.se

Publication date: 2003-04-01

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  • Forest Science is a peer-reviewed journal publishing fundamental and applied research that explores all aspects of natural and social sciences as they apply to the function and management of the forested ecosystems of the world. Topics include silviculture, forest management, biometrics, economics, entomology & pathology, fire & fuels management, forest ecology, genetics & tree improvement, geospatial technologies, harvesting & utilization, landscape ecology, operations research, forest policy, physiology, recreation, social sciences, soils & hydrology, and wildlife management.
    Forest Science is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December.

    2015 Impact Factor: 1.702
    Ranking: 16 of 66 in forestry

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