EC initiatives on European forest ecosystems mapping and forest statistics
Forestry is becoming an important issue in European environmental and agricultural policy. Public awareness and concern over forest damage by air pollution, fire, disease and storm, and changes to agricultural policy resulting in large-scale funding for set-aside and afforestation, have increased the need for forest monitoring, mapping and assessment; several feasibility studies have examined the role of remote sensing as a tool for providing this information. The FIRS (Forest Information from Remote Sensing) initiative was set up in late 1993, to develop appropriate tools and methodology. This paper details the background to FIRS, its aims and objectives, and its preliminary activities concerning nomenclature, regional definition, documentation of existing data, and statistics on sectorial forest information.
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: EARSeL 14th Symposium, Göteborg (SE), June 6-8, 1994
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 38095 ORA
Record Number: 199510632 / Last updated on: 1995-07-07
Original language: en
Available languages: en