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


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.

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College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > Sustainable environment research group
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Earth observation,forest monitoring,interoperability,map viewer,metadata,Computers in Earth Sciences,Atmospheric Science
Publication ISSN: 2151-1535
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2024 08:04
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2012 15:36
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Published Date: 2012
Published Online Date: 2012-05-17
Authors: McInerney, Daniel
Bastin, Lucy (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-1321-0800)
Díaz, Laur
Figueiredo, Carlos
Barredo, José
Ayanz, Jesus-San-Miguel



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