Title: Implementation of the MCPFE Indicator "Forest Spatial Pattern" to Report on European Forest Biodiversity
Authors: VOGT PeterESTREGUIL ChristineKOZAK Jacek
Publisher: U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Southern Research Station
Publication Year: 2007
JRC N°: JRC55340
URI: http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/28859
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC55340
Type: Articles in books
Abstract: The first results of a new method designed to classify and analyze forest spatial pattern from forest maps derived from satellite imagery are described in this paper. The approach preserves the knowledge of the neighborhood context and classifies the forest map into the six forest classes: perforated, edge, patch, core, branch, and corridor. The conceptual ideas are summarized and demonstrated at country level for European states. The temporal evolution of forest spatial pattern is investigated at local scale for a Natura2000 site in northern Italy. The impact of both the selected classification unit and the initial forest map on the classification result is addressed.
JRC Institute:Institute for Environment and Sustainability

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