In two weeks, from August 27 to 31, Professor Sándor Tóth is organizing the 17th Symposium on Systems Analysis in Forest Resources (SSAFR), an international gathering that has been held every couple years since 1975. So far, the symposium has 112 registrants from 23 countries, representing every continent (except the forest-deprived Antarctica)!
Co-sponsored by the Precision Forestry Cooperative, the 2017 SSAFR will be unique in that it will bring together two traditionally disconnected disciplines both working on forest decision support systems: the remote sensing/geospatial informatics community, and operations researchers. The former group is concerned with how to best collect and process data on forests and other resources, whereas the latter tries to optimize resource management given whatever data is available. Despite the obvious feedback and connections between the two groups, so far they have generally operated separately from each other. Working together in this symposium, the two groups will seek to study such questions as how to streamline data collection protocols of competing forest management objectives.
The symposium will be held at the Clearwater Resort in Suquamish, Wash., about an hour outside of Seattle. It’s not too late to register if you’d like to join this impressive international gathering, so learn more and get involved!