Contemporary Problems of Ecology

, Volume 8, Issue 7, pp 811–817 | Cite as

Estimation of forest area and its dynamics in Russia based on synthesis of remote sensing products

  • D. G. Schepaschenko
  • A. Z. Shvidenko
  • M. Yu. Lesiv
  • P. V. Ontikov
  • M. V. Shchepashchenko
  • F. Kraxner


We review up-to-date, open access remote sensing (RS) products related to forest. We created a hybrid forest/non-forest map using geographically weighted regression (GWR) based on a number of recent RS products and crowdsourcing. The hybrid map has spatial resolution of 230 m and shows the extent of forest in Russia in 2010. We estimate area of Russian forest as 711 million ha (in accordance with Russian national forest definition). Compared to official data of the State Forest Register (SFR), RS estimates the area of forest to be considerably larger in European part (+12.2 million ha or +8%) and smaller in Asian (–39.8 million ha or–7%) part of Russia. We report the changing forest area in 2001–2010 and discuss main drivers: wildfire and encroachment of abandoned arable land. The methodology used here can by applied for monitoring of forest cover and enhancing the forest accounting system in Russia.


Russian forest remote sensing crowdsourcing forest cover geographically weighted regression 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. G. Schepaschenko
    • 1
    • 2
  • A. Z. Shvidenko
    • 1
    • 3
  • M. Yu. Lesiv
    • 1
    • 4
  • P. V. Ontikov
    • 2
  • M. V. Shchepashchenko
    • 5
  • F. Kraxner
    • 1
  1. 1.International Institute for Applied Systems AnalysisLaxenburgAustria
  2. 2.Moscow State Forest UniversityMytischiRussia
  3. 3.Sukachev Institute of Forest, Siberian BranchRussian Academy of SciencesKrasnoyarskRussia
  4. 4.Lviv Polytechnic National UniversityLvivUkraine
  5. 5.Russian Institute of Continuous Education in ForestryPushkinoRussia

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