Title: Developing a Forest Data Portal to Support Multi-Scale Decision Making
Authors: MC INERNEY DANIELBASTIN LucyDIAZ LauraCARLOS FigueriedoBARREDO CANO Jose'SAN-MIGUEL-AYANZ Jesus
Citation: IEEE JOURNAL OF SELECTED TOPICS IN APPLIED EARTH OBSERVATIONS AND REMOTE SENSING vol. 5 no. 6 p. 1692-1966
Publisher: IEEE-INST ELECTRICAL ELECTRONICS ENGINEERS INC
Publication Year: 2012
JRC N°: JRC70123
ISSN: 1939-1404
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC70123
DOI: 10.1109/JSTARS.2012.2194136
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Forests play a pivotal role in timber production, maintenance and development of biodiversity and in carbon sequestration and storage in the context of the Kyoto Protocol. Policy makers and forest experts therefore require reliable information on forest extent, type and change for management, planning and modeling purposes. It is becoming increasingly clear that such forest information is frequently inconsistent and unharmonised between countries and continents. This research paper presents a forest information portal that has been developed in line with the GEOSS and INSPIRE frameworks. The web portal provides access to forest resources data at a variety of spatial scales, from global through to regional and local, as well as providing analytical capabilities for monitoring and validating forest change. The system also allows for the utilisation of forest data and processing services within other thematic areas. The web portal has been developed using open standards to facilitate accessibility, interoperability and data transfer.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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