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Publications by author Chirici:G.

Bridging national and reference definitions for harmonizing forest statistics

Forest Science (June 2012), pp. 214-223,


Harmonization is the process of making information and estimates comparable across administrative borders. The degree to which harmonization succeeds depends on many factors, including the conciseness of the definitions, the availability and quality of data, and the methods used to convert an estimate according to a local definition to an estimate according to the reference definition. Harmonization requires the availability and use of common reference definitions and methods for converting from estimates based on national definitions to estimates based on reference ...


The common NFI database

In National forest inventories: contributions to forest biodiversity assessments, Vol. 20 (2011), pp. 99-119,


To test bridging techniques for the harmonized estimation of forest biodiversity indicators for each of the selected essential features a common database was constructed and populated with raw NFI data provided by some of the COST Action E43 participating countries. The database was structured with five tables in a relational database: one table for descriptive plot data, one for tree level data, one for deadwood pieces, one for shrub data and one for ground vegetation. The database was populated with data ...


Harmonization tests

In National forest inventories: contributions to forest biodiversity assessments, Vol. 20 (2011), pp. 121-190,


Chapter 5 reports the results of testing the proposed procedures for harmonizing estimates of indicators for six of the seven essential features of forest biodiversity. Twenty indicators were tested using data from the common database.In general, positive results were obtained for forest categories, forest structure, forest age, deadwood, and naturalness; the results were less positive for ground vegetation because of the considerable differences in definitions and data acquisition methods. Of importance is, that the test focused on assessing harmonization procedures rather ...


European atlas of forest tree species

Keywords: bioeconomy   chorology   classification   climate   constrained-spatial-multi-frequency-analysis   data-heterogeneity   data-integration   data-uncertainty   disasters   disturbances   ecological-zones   ecology   ecosystem-services   europe   floods   forest-fires   forest-pests   forest-resources   free-software   geospatial   geospatial-semantic-array-programming   gis   gnu-bash   gnu-linux   gnu-octave   habitat-suitability   integrated-modelling   integrated-natural-resources-modelling-and-management   integration-techniques   knowledge-integration   landslides   mastrave-modelling-library   modelling-uncertainty   open-data   paleoecology   relative-distance-similarity   reproducible-research   review   science-policy-interface   science-society-interface   semantic-array-programming   semantic-constraints   semantics   semap   software-uncertainty   soil-erosion   soil-resources   species-distribution   tree-species   uncertainty   water-resources   windstorm  


[Excerpt] The European Atlas of Forest Tree Species is the first comprehensive publication of such a unique and essential environmental resource, that is, our trees. Leading scientists and forestry professionals have contributed in the many stages of the production of this atlas, through the collection of ground data on the location of tree species, elaboration of the distribution and suitability maps, production of the photographic material and compilation of the different chapters. The European Atlas of Forest Tree Species is both ...


European forest ecosystems - State and trends

Vol. 5/2016 (21 March 2016),


[Executive summary] The importance of forests with regard to supporting human needs is considerable. [\n] Forests are rich in biodiversity and valuable for recreation, water regulation and soil protection. [\n] As well as for providing timber and other non-wood forest products, forests are important for mitigating climate change and for the renewable energy sector. [\n] Forest ecosystems are exposed to a range of environmental, economic and social pressures that challenge their sustainability. The forest sector is influenced by the unprecedented pressures arising from climate change and the growing demands of society on natural resources. ...


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National forest inventories - Pathways for common reporting

by Iciar Alberdi Asensio, Anna-Lena Axelsson, Anamaria Azevedo, Susana Barreiro, Annemarie Bastrup-Birk, Peter N. Beets, Jana Beranova, Roberto V. Bombin, Paul Boudewyn, Olivier Bouriaud, Mario Božić, Urs-Beat Brändli, Andrea Brandon, Anne Branthomme, Peter Brassel, Graham Bull, Rita Butterschøn, Vladimír Čaboun, Juro Čavlović, Martin Cerný, Gherardo Chirici, Emil Cienciala, Catherine Cluzeau, Antoine Colin, Sonia Condés Ruiz, Wim P. Daamen, Yeda M. de Oliveira, Lucio DiCosmo, Gerard M. Dirkse, Marius Dumitru, Bridget V. Fraser, Joberto Freitas, Jonas Fridman, Karl Gabler, Patrizia Gasparini, Mark D. Gillis, Christian Ginzler, Paulo Godinho-Ferreira, Guilherme Gomide, Takeshi Goto, Chris J. Goulding, Thomas Gschwantner, Nabila Hamza, Mark H. Hansen, Petra Hennig, Jean-Christophe Hervé, Yasumasa Hirata, Lingxia Hong, Gro Hylen, Yuji Imaizumi, Jurgis Jansons, Jin-Hyun Jeong, Vivian K. Johannsen, Albertas Kasperavičius, Edgar Kaufmann, Sung-Ho Kim, László Kolozs, Marko Kovac, Franz Kroiher, Miloš Kučera, Gintaras Kulbokas, Andrius Kuliešis, Gal Kusar, Paul M. Lane, Adrian Lanz, Nicolas Latte, Mark Lawrence, Xiangdong Lei, Ieva Licite, Loizos Loizou, Anders Lundström, Yuanchang Lu, Gheorghe Marin, Santiago S. Martínez deToda, Felipe P. Martín, Toshimasa Masuyama, Yoko Matsumoto, Patricia Mattos, Ronald E. McRoberts, Ioannis Meliadis, Roman Michalak, Javier M. Millán, Hiroki Miyazono, Martin Moravčík, Jan-Erik Nilsen, Daniel Nitu, Thomas Nord-Larsen, Christy O’Donovan, Gerardo S. Peña, Hans Petersson, Marco Piazza, Heino Polley, Katja Power, Tibor Priwitzer, John Redmond, Nicolas Robert, Jacques Rondeux, Maria A. Rosot, Glenda Russo, Mohamed Saket, Christine Sanchez, Klemens Schadauer, Friedrich Schmitz, Man-Yong Shin, Primoz Simoncic, Jens P. Skovsgaard, W. Brad Smith, Arnór Snorrason, Ulf Söderberg, O. N. Solontsov, Göran Ståhl, Peter R. Stephens, András Szepesi, Mengping Tang, Esther Thürig, Erkki Tomppo, Stein M. Tomter, Vittorio Tosi, Thekla Tsitsoni, Tarja Tuomainen, Mislav Vedriš, Veiko Adermann, Lars Vesterdal, Claude Vidal, José A. Villanueva Aranguren, Marc Wagner, Peter Weiss, Susanne Winter, Theocharis Zagkas, Stanisław Zajączkowski


[Excerpt: Preface] Forest inventories throughout the world have evolved gradually over time. The content as well as the concepts and definitions employed are constantly adapted to the users’ needs. Advanced inventory systems have been established in many countries within Europe, as well as outside Europe, as a result of development work spanning several decades, in some cases more than 100 years. [\n] With continuously increasing international agreements and commitments, the need for information has also grown drastically, and reporting requests have become more frequent and the content of the ...


Prospects for harmonized biodiversity assessments using national forest inventory data

In National Forest Inventories: Contributions to Forest Biodiversity Assessments, Vol. 20 (2011), pp. 41-97,


Following selection of the 13 biodiversity variables that were evaluated as both important and feasible for assessment by NFIs and grouping them into essential features, additional information was solicited regarding the degree to which the 13 variables are currently assessed by NFIs. The objective was to evaluate the prospects for harmonized estimates of biodiversity indicators based on these variables. The prospects varied considerably depending on the particular variable and essential feature. The evaluations produced positive harmonization possibilities for forest categories and ...


European Forest Types and Forest Europe SFM indicators: tools for monitoring progress on forest biodiversity conservation

Forest Ecology and Management, Vol. 321 (June 2014), pp. 145-157,


Since 2003 the MCPFE-Forest Europe process has adopted a set of Pan-European Indicators that has become a policy instrument to monitor, evaluate and report progress towards sustainable forest management (SFM). Two new experimental tools have been introduced in the framework of the «State of Forests and Sustainable Forest Management in Europe 2011»: (i) pilot reporting by 14 classes of European Forest Types (EFTs) for a selection of quantitative SFM indicators; (ii) key parameters for monitoring progress for all quantitative indicators. The main ...


Developing a forest naturalness indicator for Europe - Concept and methodology for a high nature value forest indicator



[Excerpt] European forests represent around 25% of world’s forests and are the result of complex interactions between man and environment over the last thousands of years. Over more than 200 years, the forest cover has steadily increased in Europe. Intensive afforestation and reforestation projects were started in many countries since the beginning of the 1800’ies as a response to the lack of timber resources. In more recent times, urban areas have increased determining a stronger pressure on natural and semi-natural environments. ...


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Harmonizing National Forest Inventories

Journal of Forestry (June 2009), pp. 179-187


National forest inventories are a primary source of data for national and large area assessments of sustainability and biodiversity and for international forest resource reporting. However, the ability of countries to produce compatible estimates using these data is impeded by the diversity of their national inventory definitions, sampling designs, plot configurations, measured variables, and measurement protocols. In addition, because the differing features of these inventories have historical, commercial, and environmental justification, prospects for standardizing inventories are minimal. The best current alternative ...

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