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Earth observation data are regarded as a cost-efficient means for locating different types of vegetation cover at the ground level. Initiatives for mapping forests are implemented at different levels of detail, scale, using different sources of information and addressing a variety of target groups. Statistical data on forest area and its distribution for different forest classes are traditionally available through the national forest inventory statistics and other national and international forest statistical sources. When comparing satellite-derived data for forest area and inventory statistics, discrepancies are in the order of tens of percent at the country level. Often the accuracy of satellite-based maps varies considerably and in many cases, is not even assessed by the map providers.

This study aimed at combining information from both remote sensing and forest inventory statistics in order to improve the knowledge on the distribution of forests in Europe. For each of the EU-15 countries the target was to produce a NOAA-AVHRR-based forest map which corresponds to the official statistics reported for the regional or province level. .

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Authors: PAIVINEN R ET AL, JRC, Ispra (IT), European Forest Institute, Joensuu (FI)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19911 EN (2001), pp. 101. Euro: 14.00
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ISBN: ISBN 952-9844-84-0
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