National Forest Inventories are expensive undertakings and thus require efficient methodologies for data acquisition, processing and compilation, and interpretation of the results. Because field assessments are the most time consuming, work-intensive and costly components of NFIs, the search for increased efficiency particularly with regard to reducing field operations is an essential first steps towards cost-effective NFI implementation.
With this end in mind, the ANRICA offers a novel approach to inventory data acquisition by employing a photo-sampling technique with the new ANRICA ADAM-C System (i.e. Airborne Data Acquisition and Mapping) mounted on a Cessna light aircraft. ANRICA aims at the use of large-scale aerial images in combination with conventional field plot assessments.