Large-scale forest resource maps based on national forest inventory (NFI) data and airborne laser scanning may facilitate synergies between NFIs and forest management inventories (FMIs). A comparison of models used in such a NFI-based map and a FMI indicate that NFI-based maps can directly be used in FMIs to estimate timber volume of mature spruce forests.
Context Traditionally, FMIs and NFIs have been separate activities. The increasing availability of detailed NFI-based forest resource maps provides the possibility to eliminate or reduce the need of field sample plot measurements in FMIs if their accuracy is similar.
Aims We aim to (1) compare a timber volume model used in a NFI-based map and models used in a FMI, and (2) evaluate utilizing additional local sample plots in the model of the NFI-based map.
Methods Accuracies of timber volume estimates using models from an existing NFI-based map and a FMI were compared at plot and stand level.
Results Estimates from the NFI-based map were similar to or more accurate than the FMI. The addition of local plots to the modeling data did not clearly improve the model of the NFI-based map.
Conclusion The comparison indicates that NFI-based maps can directly be used in FMIs for timber volume estimation in mature spruce stands, leading to potentially large cost savings.
Remote sensing; Lidar; Mixed model; Forest resource map; Large-scale mapping
Rahlf, J., Hauglin, M., Astrup, R. et al. Timber volume estimation based on airborne laser scanning — comparing the use of national forest inventory and forest management inventory data. Annals of Forest Science 78, 49 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s13595-021-01061-4
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