European Journal of Forest Research

, Volume 131, Issue 6, pp 1905–1915 | Cite as

Accurate prediction of ice disturbance in European deciduous forests with generalized linear models: a comparison of field-based and airborne-based approaches

  • Réka Aszalós
  • Imelda Somodi
  • Kata Kenderes
  • János Ruff
  • Bálint Czúcz
  • Tibor StandovárEmail author
Original Paper


We analyzed an ice disturbance event of deciduous forests in Hungary by Generalized Linear Models (GLM). Two statistical models were generated: the first model was based on a disturbance map created from a series of aerial photographs, and the second model was based on a map created by half-year-long intensive field work. The second map was considered as the reference map of ice disturbance. Our hypothesis was that the predictive power of the field-based statistical model would be significantly higher than that of the aerial photo-based model on the reference map. Elevation, slope, aspect, mixture ratio of beech, height of the dominant tree species and their interactions were used in the two (aerial photo- and field-based) GLMs as explanatory variables. The accuracy of the models was measured by the AUC (Area under the ROC curve) values. Sensitive area maps of ice disturbance were generated by both models. Our hypothesis was definitely rejected. Both models performed high predictive accuracy (median AUC > 0.9) with no significant difference in the prediction capacity regarding the reference ice disturbance pattern. Our study demonstrates that ice damage can effectively be predicted if remote sensing interpretation is coupled with GLM as predictive model.


Forest damage GLM Susceptibility assessment Probability map Variable interactions 



This study was partially financed by research grants; OTKA-T043452; EU 5th Framework Programme Nat-Man (Nature-based Management of Beech in Europe) Grant No. QLRT1-CT99-1349, which are greatly acknowledged. We are grateful to Ipoly Erdő Inc. for making this study possible by providing financial support and by being a helpful collaborator, and to János Podani and Kristóf Kelemen for their cordial support. R. Aszalós, K. Kenderes and I. Somodi were financed by OTKA-NI68218.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Réka Aszalós
    • 1
  • Imelda Somodi
    • 1
    • 2
  • Kata Kenderes
    • 1
  • János Ruff
    • 3
  • Bálint Czúcz
    • 2
  • Tibor Standovár
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Plant Systematics, Ecology and Theoretical Biology, Institute of BiologyL. Eötvös UniversityBudapestHungary
  2. 2.MTA Centre for Ecological Research, Institute of Ecology and BotanyVácrátótHungary
  3. 3.Királyrét Forest DirectorateIpoly Erdő Inc.SzokolyaHungary

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