Developing a forest data portal to support multi-scale decision making

Daniel McInerney, Lucy Bastin, Laur Díaz, Carlos Figueiredo, José Barredo, Jesus-San-Miguel Ayanz

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1692-1699
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing
Volume5
Issue number6
Early online date17 May 2012
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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Decision making
decision making
Biodiversity
Timber
Data transfer
Interoperability
carbon sequestration
Planning
Carbon
forestry production
Monitoring
Kyoto Protocol
forest resource
Processing
accessibility
biodiversity
monitoring
modeling

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Keywords

  • Earth observation
  • forest monitoring
  • interoperability
  • map viewer
  • metadata

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McInerney, Daniel ; Bastin, Lucy ; Díaz, Laur ; Figueiredo, Carlos ; Barredo, José ; Ayanz, Jesus-San-Miguel. / Developing a forest data portal to support multi-scale decision making. In: IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing. 2012 ; Vol. 5, No. 6. pp. 1692-1699.
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Developing a forest data portal to support multi-scale decision making. / McInerney, Daniel ; Bastin, Lucy; Díaz, Laur; Figueiredo, Carlos; Barredo, José; Ayanz, Jesus-San-Miguel.

In: IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, Vol. 5, No. 6, 2012, p. 1692-1699.

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