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Abstract of FII Project R2003-126

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Enhancing the capability of ecosystem mapping to support adaptive forest management

Author(s): Sims, Richard Allan
Imprint: Victoria, B.C. : British Columbia Ministry of Forests and Range, 2003
Subject: Forest Mapping, Computer Programs, Adaptive management, Ecosystem Management
Series: Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program


EBA Engineering Consultants Ltd. (EBA) was funded by Forestry Innovation Investment to complete a research and development project to develop an interactive web-based tool to allow users involved with ecosystem and land management to view, query, compare and assess the products of a recently-completed ecosystem mapping project. The tool that was developed is called the Ecosystem Mapping and Assessment Tool or eMAT and can be accessed at As it is currently configured, eMAT allows users to: view and query ecosystem inventory data; compare different sources or types of ecosystem inventory data; and, view quality assurance and reliability assessment information. eMAT is intended to enhance communication among land managers, scientists and stakeholders; provide easier identification of knowledge gaps; and generally enhance land-use decision-making through improved access to information and knowledge. As a web-based tool, eMAT uses a set of embedded analysis functions to compare different versions of ecosystem mapping products for a given area, so that the ecosystem mapper may make some informed observations and decisions about the quality of ecosystem map product that is being producing. EMAT should be useful during intermediate and "iterative stages" of ecosystem map derivation / production. This version of eMAT is a prototype and it deals with only one area of the province (QCI) and only a few of the ecosystem inventories that are available for that area. It does, however, demonstrate how it can be used for any inventory data and for any portion of the province.
Richard Sims.

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