Important Deadlines

Early registration: April 15
Abstract submission (oral):  March 15
Abstract submission (poster): May 1
Presenter notification:  March 27
Registration for presenters:  April 15
Proceedings contributions:   June 15

Forests are a unique component of the Biosphere from a historical, environmental, social, economical, and political perspective. Forest sector issues and concerns about the environment and the economy have sparked a renewed interest at local, national and international levels. Given the importance of forests to human well-being and their sensitivity to economic development and to global climate change, it is imperative to establish an inventory of forest resources and monitor their status and trends in order to observe and understand the array of processes taking place and to provide information to the decision-makers responsible for their protection and management. Forest inventory and monitoring programs are challenged to produce unbiased, precise, timely, and cost-efficient estimates of forest attributes and their trends with complementary spatial products from local to global scales. Earth Observation (EO) satellites are important tools to accomplish these tasks.

This conference will serves as an international forum for academic, government, non-governmental, and industrial organizations. Particular emphasis will be on those needs and challenges that can be satisfied or addressed, in whole or in part, by EO data.


  • Forest attribute mapping
  • Forest change detection
  • Statistical aspects of estimating indicators
  • Efficiencies and harmonization
  • Bias and uncertainty assessments
  • Model-based and model-assisted inference
  • Spatial and temporal modeling
  • Sampling designs
  • Remotely sensed data from multiple platforms
  • Growth and yield modeling (e.g., biomass, carbon)


  • Applications
  • Carbon
  • Habitat
  • Risks (e.g., fire, insects)
  • Hydrology
  • Biodiversity
  • Climate change
  • Sustainable forest management
  • Resource reporting


Remote sensing satellites can provide a cost-effective means of obtaining EO information in vast, barren, and often inaccessible forested areas. To this end, the American Society of American Foresters, American Statistical Association, Canadian Space Agency, ISPRS, IUFRO, Natural Resource Canada, Natural Resource & Fauna Quebec, NCSI, University of Sherbrooke, and the US Forestry Service have initiated an international conference in Quebec City to discuss, develop, and demonstrate the use of EO data for forest inventory and monitoring.

The strategic objectives of this international forum include:

  • Providing scientific, government, non-governmental, and industrial organizations with an overview of EO technologies and methodologies pertaining to forest inventory and monitoring;
  • Providing an opportunity for forest resource managers and policy makers to become acquainted with the latest Earth Observation methods and their potential for application;
  • Discussing the need for information derived from remote sensing for forest ecosystems monitoring;
  • Initiating a dialogue with possible EO end-users to understand their needs and requirements;
  • Demonstrating how space based measurements can contribute to and support Forest Inventory and Monitoring issues and activities through new and innovative EO applications
  • Providing institutions and companies access to new EO products and services
  • Fostering the development of international EO expertise to support current forest issues (security, economy, climate change, etc.).

This exciting conference will be held in beautiful Quebec City, Canada. Please see the accomodations page for details.

US Forest Service International Union of Forest Research Organizations Canadian Forest Service Society of American Foresters The National Council for Air and Stream Improvement American Statistical Association International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune Université de Sherbrooke Canadian Space Agency