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Abstract

As part of an agreement between the Central European states of Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovak Republic, and the Institute for Remote Sensing Applications, components of the FIRS (Forest Information from Remote Sensing) project are being implemented on a national scale, under PHARE's Regional Environment programme. FIRS Foundation Action 1 concerns the regionalisation and stratification of European forest ecosystems in order to build a homogeneous regional basis for the application of remotely sensed data for mapping and assessing the environmental and sectorial forest conditions. Europe has been divided into 19 core and transitional regions based on physical geographical variables (climate, topography, soils) at a first level, and potential forest cover types at a second level. These regions are further subdivided into 115 strata using 17 different variables, mainly describing management characteristics. The Central European countries are carrying out, on a contractual basis, a national regionalisation parallel to the FIRS regionalisation. The approach used differs slightly from that of FIRS, due to the lack of digital geo-information at a national scale. A total coverage of Landsat TM hardcopies is being used, together with additional physical geographical and biological data and maps, to divide each country into main homogeneous forest regions.

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Authors: MCCORMICK N, JRC Ispra (IT);KENNEDY P, JRC Ispra (IT);FOLVING S, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Workshop on Pollution Monitoring and GIS, Brandys nad Labem (CZ), May 15-18, 1995
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 38974 ORA
Record Number: 199511336 / Last updated on: 1995-10-31
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en