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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Center for Forest Restoration and Management (CFRM) Story Map
The Center for Forest Restoration and Management (CFRM) represents a framework for centralizing the research being done on the restoration and management of southern forests. Learn more about the CFRM in this interactive story map.
Machine Rate Calculator: A Modified Approach
Excel spreadsheet for estimating logging costs within the context of the adjusted equipment life, maintenance costs and fuel consumption. Please fill out the Machine Rate Calculator survey
Pine Resin in the Blood: A Historical Account of Hochatown Culture and Wildfire Risk
Explore the ecological diversity, rich cultural history, and wildfire risk of Hochatown, Oklahoma.
Benefits of State and Private Forest Lands for the South Story Map
This story map highlights the importance of southern State and private forests in providing drinking water to downstream communities. See the related publication here.
FIA Difference Tester
The Difference Tester is a tool that allows visitors to test for Temporal Change.
Access the Difference Tester User Guide here →
Recent FIA Data by State
The Recent FIA Data by State tool allows visitors to view a map of the most recent dataset collected for each state.
FIA TPO Reporting Tool
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.
FIA Batch Reports
Batch Reports is a workbook that allows visitors to produce multiple reports with a single click of a button.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Crossing Assessment Decision Support System (CADSS)
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.
Several datasets are available, including daily precipitation, streamflow, air temperature and humidity, and wind.
PRI Analysis Programs
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).
CWD version 1.4
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).
Mangrove carbon stocks in Zambezi River Delta, Mozambique
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.
Santee Experimental Forest Data Portal
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.
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.
Growth, Yield and Carbon Balance Model for Planted Longleaf Pine
This model allows the user to simulate stand dynamics of planted longleaf pine forests under different management scenarios.
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.
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.
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.
Invasive Plants in Southern Forests
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.
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.
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.
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 →
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 →
Forest Residues Transportation Costing Model (FoRTSv5)
A spreadsheet calculator designed to help you compare alternative methods of moving biomass from a forest to wood-using facility.
General Ground-Based Harvesting System Analysis (GenHarModel)
Excel spreadsheet for estimating total system cost based on stand characteristics, felling, skidding, processing, loading, roads and hauling, and operational factors.
Machine Rate Calculator
A spreadsheet template to analyze system balance, production rates, and costs.
Comparative Risk Assessment Framework and Tools (CRAFT)
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.
Forecasts of Climate-Associated Shifts in Tree Species (ForeCASTS)
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.
Landscape Dynamics Assessment Tool
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.
Template for Assessing Climate Change Impacts and Management Options (TACCIMO)
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.
Water Supply Stress Index (WaSSI)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.