Tools and Data

Tools and applications are another way the Southern Research Station brings you science you can use. Our research scientists and staff not only publish in peer reviewed journals, but also produce software and applications to help deliver our cutting edge science.

The tools, models and datasets of the Southern Research Station support land and resource managers with the best available science they need to effectively and efficiently sustain the south's forests.


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FIA Difference Tester
FIA Difference Tester

Web-based Application

The Difference Tester is a tool that allows visitors to test for Temporal Change.

Access the Difference Tester User Guide here →

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Recent FIA Data by State
Recent FIA Data by State

Web-based Application

The Recent FIA Data by State tool allows visitors to view a map of the most recent dataset collected for each state.

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FIA TPO Reporting Tool
FIA TPO Reporting Tool

Web-based Application

The Timber Products Output (TPO) Reporting Tool allows visitors to produce estimates of timber products, logging residue, mill residue, residential fuelwood, and other removals at the county and state level in table format.

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NWOS Dashboard
NWOS Dashboard

Web-based Application

The National Woodland Owner Survey (NWOS) Dashboard, developed and maintained by Robert Froese at Michigan Tech University, is an interacitve, on-line tool that visitors can use to explore the NWOS data by attribute and make comparisons among States by selected attribute of interest.

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NWOS Table Maker
NWOS Table Maker

Web-based Application

The National Woodland Owner Survey (NWOS) Table Maker allows visitors to create custom tables based on data collected during the years 2002-2006.

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FIA Batch Reports
FIA Batch Reports

Web-based Application

Batch Reports is a workbook that allows visitors to produce multiple reports with a single click of a button.

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FIA Engagement Portfolio
FIA Engagement Portfolio

ArcGIS Story Map Gallery

The FIA Engagement Portfolio provides rich, interactive experiences for the public while simultaneously making forestry data available to resource professionals and other users. Explore a variety of Story Maps on various topics.

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FIA One-Click TPO Factsheet (Beta)
FIA One-Click TPO Factsheet (Beta)

Interactive Map and Downloadable Data

This interactive map provides access to the annual updates supplied by the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program. This data includes brief overviews of timber products output (TPO) in each state.

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FIA One-Click State Factsheets (Beta)
FIA One-Click State Factsheets (Beta)

Interactive Map and Downloadable Data

This interactive map allows visitors to view FIA state fact sheets via an interactive experience. Click on the desired state on the map to produce a real-time fact sheet of that state based on current FIA data.

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SRS FIA Overview (Beta)
SRS FIA Overview (Beta)

Interactive Map and Downloadable Data

This interactive application provides an overview of forest resource attributes for states based on inventories conducted by the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program of the Southern Research Station.

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Crossing Assessment Decision Support System (CADSS)
Crossing Assessment Decision Support System (CADSS)

Windows Application

CADSS is a suite of tools designed to assist land managers with prioritization of road-stream crossing replacements. CADSS currently contains the Watershed Prioritization Tool, the Crossing Replacement Tool, and several data editing tools.

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Coweeta Datasets
Coweeta Datasets

Spreadsheets

Several datasets are available, including daily precipitation, streamflow, air temperature and humidity, and wind.

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PRI Analysis Programs
PRI Analysis Programs

Windows Application

To conduct the potential relative increment approach to optimal growth modeling on USFS Forest Inventory and Analysis data. Note that this program requires data from the "old" FIA data sets (e.g., Eastwide Forest Inventory Database).

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CWD version 1.4
CWD version 1.4

Windows Application

Current version of riparian large woody debris recruitment model, for use with the Teton and Utah variants of the Forest Vegetation Simulator (version 6.1 only).

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CMS: Mangrove Canopy Height Estimates from Remote Imagery, Zambezi Delta, Mozambique
CMS: Mangrove Canopy Height Estimates from Remote Imagery, Zambezi Delta, Mozambique

TIF Files

This data set provides high resolution canopy height estimates for mangrove forests in the Zambezi Delta, Mozambique, Africa. The estimates were derived from three separate canopy height models (CHM) using airborne Lidar data, stereophotogrammetry with WorldView 1 imagery, and Interferometric-Synthetic Aperture Radar (In-SAR) techniques with TanDEM-X imagery. The data cover the period 2011-10-14 to 2014-05-06.

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Mangrove carbon stocks in Zambezi River Delta, Mozambique
Mangrove carbon stocks in Zambezi River Delta, Mozambique

Spreadsheets

Carbon stocks in mangroves in the Zambezi River Delta of Mozambique were inventoried using a stratified random sampling approach from 2012 to 2016. Data include species, height and diameter at breast height for overstory, understory and dead trees, mass of woody debris, litter, and ground vegetation. Data to estimate soil carbon and nitrogen content to 2 meters depth are also included.

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Santee Experimental Forest Data Portal
Santee Experimental Forest Data Portal

Website

The Santee Experimental Forest was established in 1937 as a 2,468-ha site for silvicultural research involving hydrology, soils, and vegetation. Over the years, Forest Service scientists and others have compiled a long-term database that can now be accessed via this web portal. Our data fall into three major categories: hydrology, climate, and land resource data.

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REGEN3
REGEN3

Windows Application

This tool is a hardwood regeneration prediction model based on both expert opinion and data from many regeneration studies. It is both intuitively reasonable and grounded in ecological concepts. The model can be used to predict regeneration outcomes tailored to individual forest stands of specific forest types.

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Center for Restoration in Southern Pine Ecosystems (CRiSPE)
Center for Restoration in Southern Pine Ecosystems (CRiSPE)

ArcGIS Story Map

CRiSPE represents a framework for centralizing research being done by the Southern Research Station on the restoration and management of southern pine ecosystems. This story map provides an overview of unit and personnel locations, unit research, experimental forests, and southern pine ranges.

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Growth, Yield and Carbon Balance Model for Planted Longleaf Pine
Growth, Yield and Carbon Balance Model for Planted Longleaf Pine

Spreadsheet

This model allows the user to simulate stand dynamics of planted longleaf pine forests under different management scenarios.

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Southern Pine Beetle Prevention Program Story Map
Southern Pine Beetle Prevention Program Story Map

ArcGIS Story Map

This story map demonstrates the variety of treatments involved in the program, depicting the more than 1 million acres treated by federal, state and private landowners over a 13-year period. In addition to the treatments, the maps show the 2012 Southern Pine Beetle Hazard-Rating Map created by the Forest Health Technology Enterprise team.

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Experimental Forests of SRS Story Map
Experimental Forests of SRS Story Map

ArcGIS Story Map

A story map showing locations, research highlights, future research opportunities, and other information about each of the Southern Research Station's 19 experimental forests.

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Baseliner
Baseliner

Windows Application

A software tool for processing data from thermal dissipation (Granier-type) sap flux probes. The program provides a graphical user interface for data QA/QC and establishing the zero-flow, dTmax “baseline.” Available as a stand-alone application for Windows or open-source MATLAB scripts.

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Invasive Plants in Southern Forests
Invasive Plants in Southern Forests

iOS App

This app provides information on accurate identification of the 56 nonnative plants and groups that are currently invading the forests of the 13 Southern States. Recommendations for prevention and control of these species is provided.

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ForestCrowns
ForestCrowns

Windows Application

ForestCrowns calculates canopy transparency (or light transmittance) for digital images taken with standard or fisheye (hemispherical) camera lenses. Specific areas of the photograph can also be targeted to obtain transparency estimates of individual tree crowns.

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UrbanCrowns
UrbanCrowns

Windows Application

A software tool to assist urban foresters, arborists, and community volunteers with assessing and monitoring urban tree crowns. The program analyzes a single, side-view digital photograph of a tree and computes the following crown metrics: height, diameter, ratio, volume, density, and transparency.

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Forest Health Advisory System
Forest Health Advisory System

Website

The Forest Health Advisory System highlights potential future activities of more than 40 major forest pests and pathogens across 1.2 billion acres of U.S. forestland. The advisory includes background information on the survey status of the land, information about the most prevalent pests, potential risks and threats, layered maps showing potential loss of trees due to pests, and possible management strategies in relation to specific threats.

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Ecosystem Benefits and Risks
Ecosystem Benefits and Risks

Maps and Datasets

The Appalachian Landscape Conservation Cooperative and the Forest Service Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center are releasing products from the first phase of an ongoing study assessing benefits of and risks to the region’s ecosystem services. A wealth of data, maps and other knowledge on ecosystem services and risks to their sustainability are now available.

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ForWarn
ForWarn

Web-based Map

ForWarn is a vegetation change recognition and tracking system that uses high-frequency, moderate resolution satellite data. It provides near real-time change maps for the continental United States that are updated every eight days. These maps show the effects of disturbances such as wildfires, wind storms, insects, diseases, and human-induced disturbances in addition to departures from normal seasonal greenness caused by weather.

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DATIM
DATIM

Web-based Application

The Design and Analysis Toolkit for Inventory and Monitoring (DATIM) provides four modules: an analysis tool for inventory and monitoring (ATIM) used for creating tables; a spatial intersection tool (SIT); a design tool for inventory and monitoring plans (DTIM); and a data compilation system (DCS) to add FVS attributes to DATIM datasets.

Access the DATIM User Guides here →

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EVALIDator
EVALIDator

Web-based Application

EVALIDator allows users to produce a large variety of population estimates and their sampling errors based on the current FIA database.

Access the EVALIDator User Guide here →

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Forest Residues Transportation Costing Model (FoRTSv5)
Forest Residues Transportation Costing Model (FoRTSv5)

Spreadsheet

A spreadsheet calculator designed to help you compare alternative methods of moving biomass from a forest to wood-using facility.

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General Ground-Based Harvesting System Analysis (GenHarModel)
General Ground-Based Harvesting System Analysis (GenHarModel)

Spreadsheet

Excel spreadsheet for estimating total system cost based on stand characteristics, felling, skidding, processing, loading, roads and hauling, and operational factors.

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Green Ton Converter
Green Ton Converter

Web-based Application

A web application allowing convertion between $/green ton and $/dry ton. This converter was developed in cooperation with the Forest Business Network and is hosted on the Forest Business Network website.

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Machine Rate Calculator
Machine Rate Calculator

Spreadsheet

A spreadsheet template to analyze system balance, production rates, and costs.

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Comparative Risk Assessment Framework and Tools (CRAFT)
Comparative Risk Assessment Framework and Tools (CRAFT)

Web-based Application

CRAFT is a planning framework and user-friendly, Web-based support system that helps natural resource managers address uncertainties inherent in land management decisions. CRAFT offers a structured, simplified approach to determine objectives and calculates risks and tradeoffs associated with different management scenarios.

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Forecasts of Climate-Associated Shifts in Tree Species (ForeCASTS)
Forecasts of Climate-Associated Shifts in Tree Species (ForeCASTS)

Web-based Map

Maps that pinpoint locations where climate change pressures are likely to be most intense; the maps depict future suitable habitat ranges for North American tree species within the U.S. and across the globe. Using projections of future climate in combination with the concept of fine-scale ecoregions—land areas that share similar environmental characteristics, such as soils, topography, and climate variables—ForeCASTS can ultimately be used to assess the risk to genetic integrity of North American forest tree populations.

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Landscape Dynamics Assessment Tool
Landscape Dynamics Assessment Tool

Web-based Application

LanDAT can help users monitor landscapes through more than 15 years of satellite observations. Its map layers can be used for evaluating any land unit in the continental United States.

Information at EFETAC →

Project summary →

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Template for Assessing Climate Change Impacts and Management Options (TACCIMO)
Template for Assessing Climate Change Impacts and Management Options (TACCIMO)

Web-based Application

A web-based assessment and reporting tool designed to integrate the most current climate change science with forest planning to meet the needs of a variety of users. TACCIMO fits within the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process and can be used in land management plan revision, environmental assessments, environmental impact statements, and reasonable alternatives.

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Water Supply Stress Index (WaSSI)
Water Supply Stress Index (WaSSI)

Web-based Application

A web-based planning tool to help natural resource planners and managers evaluate the balances and tradeoffs between water availability and carbon sequestration, and to support informed decision making in light of changing environmental conditions. WaSSI can predict how climate, land cover, and human population change may impact water availability and carbon sequestration at the watershed level and across the lower 48 United States, Mexico, Rwanda, and Burundi.

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FIA Data Mart
FIA Data Mart

Spreadsheets and Databases

The FIA Data Mart allows visitors to download raw data, Microsoft Access databases, FIADB User Guides, and access standard tables and recent data load history.

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Urban Data Mart
Urban Data Mart

Spreadsheets and Databases

The Urban Data Mart allows visitors to download raw urban data, as well as the Urban FIADB User Guide.

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COMPUTE P-SLASH
COMPUTE P-SLASH

Windows Application

A zip-compressed file with the source and executable code for the slash pine plantation growth and yield simulator whose model is described in Research Paper SO-264, Growth and Yield Predictions for Thinned and Unthinned Slash Pine Plantations on Cutover Sites in the West Gulf Region.

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COMPUTE SPB-LOB
COMPUTE SPB-LOB

Windows Application

A zip-compressed file with the installation package for a new Windows Visual BASIC version of P-LOB that also predicts the southern pine beetle hazard rating. The old FORTRAN code for the original version is still available by request.

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PINEVOL
PINEVOL

Windows Application

This is a program to calculate the volume of several species of southern pine trees with variable specifications. This is a full Windows setup package (unzip the file and run setup) that includes easy installation, a help file, and documentation.

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