Core Science Analytics and Synthesis - USGS-NPS Vegetation Characterization Program
The USGS-NPS Vegetation Characterization Program methodology is based on a set of nationally defined standards, as well as standards defined within the framework of the program. Use of standards facilitates effective resource stewardship by ensuring compatibility and widespread use of the vegetation information throughout the National Park Service, as well as by other federal and state agencies.
Development and documentation of standards and protocols is one of the core activities for the program’s scientists. The following documents, describing protocols and standards for data collection and analysis, are the program’s foundation: