Topic outline

This course offers guidance on the typical approaches and calculations used in forest data analyses and related topics.


This course is primarily intended for people who are involved in NFIs but can be taken by anyone with an interest in the subject. Specifically, this course targets:

  • Forest technicians responsible for implementing their country’s NFIs
  • Forest data analysis practitioners
  • National forest monitoring teams
  • Youth and new generations of foresters
  • Students, as curriculum material in forestry schools

  • Data analysis in NFIs.
  • Principles of statistical estimation.
  • Statistical models and their characteristics.
  • Errors in forest inventories.
  • Products of forest data analyses.

The course consists of 5 lessons, of approximately 25 mins duration each:

  • Lesson 1 - Introduction to data analysis
  • Lesson 2 - Estimation
  • Lesson 3 - Statistical models in forest monitoring
  • Lesson 4 - Errors in forest monitoring
  • Lesson 5 - Typical products from data analyses in forest monitoring

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This series offers certification. You will get your digital badge upon passing a final exam, that comprises questions based on the content of all eight courses of the series, with a score of at least 75%. Please click on the button below to start the exam, or refer to our Certification section to learn more.

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