APPLICATION OF GPS TEHNOLIGY (GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM) IN FOREST INVENTORY STATISTICS

Florin Dorian Cojoaca, Florin Achim, Marian Stan, Silviu Paunescu

Abstract


This paper presents a methodology based on the use of GPS technology to identify network sample areas for statistical inventory stands, purposes. The proposed method facilitates the designer's work on the sample location and materialization, working time is reduced significantly because it is no longer necessary to measure distances between sample plots, and the field orientation is much easier and avoids the subjectivity in establishing the centers of sample areas, meaning their quadratic grid. Therefore, using GPS technology in sample surfaces location brings clear improvements to that one presently used for the statistical inventory works of exploitable stands (both for the precision and the duration of execution), so that its practical application is not only useful, but even recommended.

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