[ai-geostats] USDA Forest Service Interpolation Contest
- fyi -- abstract deadline coming right up!
Apologies for duplicate mailings.
You either expressed interest or might have interest in participating in a
USDA Forest Service Northeastern Forest Inventory and Analysis interpolation
contest. Results will be presented at the FIA Symposium, October 3-6 in
Portland, ME. (See
-- Abstracts are due by late June, but please submit as soon as possible.)
If you submit an abstract for the proposed session, please indicate as much
so the conference organizer can direct the abstract appropriately.
I have posted plot data (not FIA plot data!) and ancillary data at
with all of the information you will need to participate. The goal of the
contest is to share approaches for and lessons learned from geospatial
modeling of plot data using GIS- and satellite- based predictor data.
Contest winners will choose from a showroom filled with fabulous prizes (ha
If you find any obvious errors in the data, or are missing any information,
please let me know. If you plan to participate in the contest, please let me
know and I will include your name on a mailing list for updates and
logistical information as the conference draws near.
Please distribute to others that might be interested.
Andrew J. Lister
USDA Forest Service, Northeastern Research Station
Forest Inventory and Analysis Unit
11 Campus Blvd, Suite 200
Newtown Square, PA 19073
Announcement for the Conference Follows:
3rd Announcement and Last Call for Papers
7th Annual Forest Inventory and Analysis Symposium
3-6 October 2005
Portland, Maine, USA
The 7th Annual Forest Inventory and Analysis Symposium will convene on
Monday, October 3, 2005, at the Eastland Park Hotel in Portland, Maine, USA.
The 2005 Symposium will emphasize international contributions and
collaborations and will include keynote and invited speakers from Canada,
Europe, and other countries. Information is posted on the meeting website:
Program: The meeting will include keynote speakers, invited paper sessions,
and contributed paper sessions. Presentation topics include sampling,
modeling, estimation, remote sensing, mapping, ecological analyses, forest
health, sustainable forest management, and analytical reporting.
Abstracts for contributed papers on these and other relevant topics are
solicited and may be submitted until June 30, 2005, to:
Ronald E. McRoberts
USDA Forest Service
1992 Folwell Avenue
St. Paul, Minnesota 55038 USA
Abstract submissions by e-mail are preferred.
Accommodations: A block of rooms has been reserved at the Eastland Hotel
(http://www.eastlandpark.com/) at the rate of $98 per night. Hotel
reservations should be made directly with the hotel:
157 High Street
Portland, Maine 04101 USA
888-671-8008 (toll free: US and Canada)
Information on other area hotels will be posted on the meeting website.
Travel: The Portland, Maine, airport accommodates international flights.
Boston, Massachusetts, is about 110 miles south of Portland, and ground
transportation (automobile, train, bus) may be arranged easily from Boston
to Portland. For travelers wishing to avoid Boston, the Manchester, New
Hampshire, airport is an alternative and is about 75 miles southwest of
Registration fee: The registration fee covers a reception the first
evening; breakfast, lunch, and breaks each day; the harbor cruise and
lobster bake social; and the proceedings.
On or before 01 August: $325.00
After 01 August: $400.00
See the registration form available at the website for details.
Proceedings: A symposium proceedings will be published with papers due
after the meeting.
Dr. Steen Magnussen, Canadian Forest Service, Canada
Prof. Erkki Tomppo, Finnish Forest Research Institute, Finland
Dr. Paul C. Van Deusen, National Council on Air and Stream Improvement, USA
Dr. H�kan Olsson, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden
Prof. George Gertner, University of Illinois, USA
Dr. Lloyd Irland, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, USA
Dr. Warren Cohen, USDA Forest Service, USA
Prof. Russell Congalton, University of New Hampshire, USA
Dr. Mike Wulder, Canadian Forest Service, Canada
Prof. Christoph Kleinn, University of Goettingen, Germany
Dr. Anna Ringvall, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden
Dr. James Flewelling, Forest biometrics consultant, USA
Dr. Nicholas Crookston, USDA Forest Service, USA
Dr. John Shaw, USDA Forest Service, USA
Dr. Annemarie Bastrup-Birk, European Commission, Joint Research Centre,
Dr. Klemens Schadauer, Head of the Institute for Forest Inventory, Austria
Dr. Claude Vidal, Director, National Forest Inventory, France