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Abstract

With the aim of improving the existing set of Pan-European indicators for sustainable forest management, this study concentrates on two aspects of forest biodiversity monitoring using existing European spatial data, which are emphasised in the new set of indicators for sustainable forest management. They are:
- The possibility to define the distribution of forest types based on the existing European datasets;
- The possibility to measure forest landscape pattern based on the existing European-level forest maps.

The results of this study show that in the regions, where there is little variation in forest types and the abiotic conditions (soil, topography), the delineation of the EUNIS forest types is possible, to some extent, based on existing European level data. When the variation within the region increases the problems related to the data resolution and to aligning different datasets also increase. Furthermore, it is confirmed that the chosen source material strongly affects the indices of forest landscape structure, on the one hand through it's interpretation accuracy and on the other hand, through the scale effect. For large area monitoring based on coarse resolution data the landscape structure indices used should be simple and based on the area proportions of the landscape classes.

Additional information

Authors: UUTTERA J, European Commission, Joint Research Council, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Land Management Unit, EUROLANDSCAPE Project, Ispra (IT);FOLVING S, European Commission, Joint Research Council, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Land Management Unit, EUROLANDSCAPE Project, Ispra (IT);KENNEDY P, European Commission, Joint Research Council, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Land Management Unit, EUROLANDSCAPE Project, Ispra (IT);PUUMALEINEN J, European Commission, Joint Research Council, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Land Management Unit, EUROLANDSCAPE Project, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20740 EN (2003), 47pp. Free of charge
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