Leveraging Intelligent Informatics and Smart Data for Improved Understanding of Northern Forest Ecosystem Resilience

Smart Data for Resilient Forests

Figure showing project goals and collaborators

Core Leadership Team

Aaron Weiskittel

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Professor of Biometrics & Modeling
Irving Chair of Forest Ecosystem Management
Director, Center for Advanced Forestry Systems
Director, Center for Research on Sustainable Forests

Anthony D’Amato

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Professor in Silviculture & Forest Ecology
Director, Forestry Program
Director, UVM Research Forests

Scott Ollinger

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Professor, Department of Natural Resources and the Environment,
Director, Earth Systems Research Center

Dawn Lemke

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Assistant Professor of Environmental Sciences

The Northern Forest Region (NFR) and Big Data

  • NFR covers 26 million acres and is home to over 2 million people that stretches from Maine though northern New Hampshire, Vermont and New York
  • Highly diverse and transitional ecosystem with a history of natural disturbance and mixed land use
  • Land use pressures, invasive pests, and abiotic stressors on the rise
  • Current forest-related information is highly varied, ranging from coarse national-scale coverage to incomplete and often sparse regional and local
  • Limited and rather patchy availability of ecological data confounds systematic assessment of NFR
  • Big Data approach that integrates contrasting forest information, ownership, management units, and underlying ecology is needed, which could create a “natural laboratory” for scientific experimentation
  • Our Digital Forest Framework will effectively harness the region’s complex working landscape and digital information diversity
Map of the study area highlighting a range of environmental conditions

Maine STEM Partnership

In the fall of 2020, eight teachers and five researchers from the RiSE Center began working together to develop lessons for the classroom focused on forestry and Quantitative Reasoning in Context (QRC). This work is being done as part of our INSPIRES award focused on researching the Northern Forest Region. This aspect of the project will focus on exploring how to support students’ quantitative reasoning skills in the context of forestry. To learn more about this research, visit the Maine STEM Partnership webpage.

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