Prospects for Harmonized Biodiversity Assessments Using National Forest Inventory Data

  • Ronald E. McRobertsEmail author
  • Gherardo Chirici
  • Susanne Winter
  • Anna Barbati
  • Piermaria Corona
  • Marco Marchetti
  • Elmar Hauk
  • Urs-Beat Brändli
  • Jana Beranova
  • Jacques Rondeux
  • Christine Sanchez
  • Roberta Bertini
  • Nadia Barsoum
  • Iciar Alberdi Asensio
  • Sonia Condés
  • Santiago Saura
  • Stefan Neagu
  • Catherine Cluzeau
  • Nabila Hamza
Part of the Managing Forest Ecosystems book series (MAFE, volume 20)


Following selection of the 13 biodiversity variables that were evaluated as both important and feasible for assessment by NFIs and grouping them into essential features, additional information was solicited regarding the degree to which the 13 variables are currently assessed by NFIs. The objective was to evaluate the prospects for harmonized estimates of biodiversity indicators based on these variables. The prospects varied considerably depending on the particular variable and essential feature. The evaluations produced positive harmonization possibilities for forest categories and the tree height and diameter variables associated with forest structure. For forest age, possibilities were constrained by lack of common reference definitions. However, possibilities for construction of a common reference definition and bridges to compensate for the differences in estimates resulting from using national and reference definitions were deemed positive. Prospects for regeneration, ground vegetation, and naturalness were less positive because of variability in definitions, assessment methods, measurement thresholds and other factors. Thus, efforts at harmonization for these essential features were constrained to a few variables or a few countries with similar NFI features.


Forest Structure Ground Vegetation National Forest Inventory Tree Species Composition Forest Category 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ronald E. McRoberts
    • 1
    Email author
  • Gherardo Chirici
    • 2
  • Susanne Winter
    • 3
  • Anna Barbati
    • 4
  • Piermaria Corona
    • 4
  • Marco Marchetti
    • 2
  • Elmar Hauk
    • 5
  • Urs-Beat Brändli
    • 6
  • Jana Beranova
    • 7
  • Jacques Rondeux
    • 8
  • Christine Sanchez
    • 8
  • Roberta Bertini
    • 9
  • Nadia Barsoum
    • 10
  • Iciar Alberdi Asensio
    • 11
  • Sonia Condés
    • 12
  • Santiago Saura
    • 12
  • Stefan Neagu
    • 13
  • Catherine Cluzeau
    • 14
  • Nabila Hamza
    • 14
  1. 1.Forest Inventory and Analysis, Northern Research StationUSDA Forest ServiceWashingtonUSA
  2. 2.Università degli Studi del MoliseMoliseItaly
  3. 3.Department für Ökologie und Studienfakultät für Forstwissenschaft und RessourcenmanagementTechnische Universität MünchenMünchenGermany
  4. 4.Università degli Studi della TusciaViterboItaly
  5. 5.BFW, Federal Research and Training Centre for Forests, Natural Hazards and LandscapeViennaAustria
  6. 6.Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSW),Schweizerisches LandesforstinventarZürichSwitzerland
  7. 7.IFER, Institute of Forest Ecosystem Research LtdJilové u PrahyCzech Republic
  8. 8.Gembloux Agro-Bio TechUniversité de LiègeLiègeBelgium
  9. 9.Università degli Studi di FirenzeFirenzeItaly
  10. 10.Forest Research, Forestry CommissionFarnhamUnited Kingdom
  11. 11.Departamento Sistemas y Recursos Forestales, Centro de Investigación ForestalInstituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y AlimentariaMadridSpain
  12. 12.Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros de MontesUniversidad Politécnica de MadridMadridSpain
  13. 13.ICAS, Forest Research and Management InstituteVoluntariRomania
  14. 14.IFN, French National Forest InventoryBordeauxFrance

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