National Forest Inventories: Contributions to Forest Biodiversity Assessments

  • Gherardo Chirici
  • Susanne Winter
  • Ronald E. McRoberts

Part of the Managing Forest Ecosystems book series (MAFE, volume 20)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Susanne Winter, Ronald E. McRoberts, Gherardo Chirici, Annemarie Bastrup-Birk, Jacques Rondeux, Urs-Beat Brändli et al.
    Pages 1-23
  3. Susanne Winter, Ronald E. McRoberts, Roberta Bertini, Annemarie Bastrup-Birk, Christine Sanchez, Gherardo Chirici
    Pages 25-39
  4. Ronald E. McRoberts, Gherardo Chirici, Susanne Winter, Anna Barbati, Piermaria Corona, Marco Marchetti et al.
    Pages 41-97
  5. Gherardo Chirici, Roberta Bertini, Davide Travaglini, Nicola Puletti, Ugo Chiavetta
    Pages 99-119
  6. Gherardo Chirici, Ronald E. McRoberts, Susanne Winter, Anna Barbati, Urs-Beat Brändli, Meinrad Abegg et al.
    Pages 121-190
  7. Gherardo Chirici, Susanne Winter, Ronald E. McRoberts
    Pages 191-202
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 203-206

About this book


Forest biodiversity is crucial to the ecological, economic, and social well-being of earth’s civilisations. Unfortunately, however, forest biodiversity is threatened to a serious degree in nearly all countries. Therefore, many countries have agreed to be parties to international agreements focused on maintaining, restoring, and monitoring biodiversity; further, these countries have agreed to report to international bodies on forest biodiversity status and trends. NFIs are the primary source of large-scale information available for this purpose, but the large variety of definitions, protocols, sampling designs, and plot configurations used by NFIs makes comparable international reporting extremely difficult. This book presents the results of Working Group 3 of COST Action E43 in the development of harmonization techniques for common reporting of estimates of forest biodiversity indicators using NFI data. Harmonization tests were carried out on a large common data base containing raw NFI data from 13 European countries and the USA. With its collection of practical examples for the estimation of forest biodiversity indicators, it’s a practical tool for anyone involved in forest inventories and in forest resource monitoring and management as well as for those involved in biodiversity assessment and reporting.


Forest biodiversity Harmonization National forest inventories

Editors and affiliations

  • Gherardo Chirici
    • 1
  • Susanne Winter
    • 2
  • Ronald E. McRoberts
    • 3
  1. 1., Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie perUniversità degli Studi del MolisePescheItaly
  2. 2., ÖkologieTechnische Universität MünchenFreisingGermany
  3. 3.Northern Research Station, Forest Inventory & Analysis UnitUS Forest ServiceSt. PaulUSA

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