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The FIRS (Forest Information from Remote Sensing) project is a research and development project aimed at contributing to the provision of both statistical and mapped information on European forest areas. To support the thematic parts of the project three foundation actions have been defined. The first: regionalization and stratification of European forest ecosystems was finished during 1995. The third foundation action will consist of the creation of a database on geo-referenced forest data. The second foundation action: definition of a system of nomenclature for mapping European forests and for compiling a Pan-European forest information system is presented in this publication. The project was organized in three phases. The first phase: selection of 21 key attributes for the information groups production, environment and land use; evaluation of the existing nomenclature for the 21 key attributes in 30 European countries; a comparative study summarizing the existing nomenclature. In the second phase of the project the findings from the evaluation of the existing nomenclature and the comparative study have been utilized to derive a proposed nomenclature to be used at a Pan-European level. In the third phase of the project the feasibility of remote sensing technologies to assess the selected key attributes has been studied.

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Authors: KÖHL M, JRC Ispra (IT);PÄIVINEN R, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 16416 EN (1996) 238pp., FS
Availability: Available from the Public Relations and Publications Unit, JRC Ispra, I-21020 Ispra (IT), Fax: +39-332-785818
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