Resource Assessment Techniques for Continuous Cover Forestry

  • Michael KöhlEmail author
  • Thomas Baldauf
Part of the Managing Forest Ecosystems book series (MAFE, volume 23)


From a statistical point of view continuous cover forestry (CCF) systems are heterogeneous populations, whose attributes show high variability and diversity. While information needs for homogeneous, even-aged, single species stands can easily be satisfied by providing information on statistical key parameters, CCF systems render information on spatial patterns and forest structures necessary. Beside statistical point estimates information on the distribution of attributes is crucial for managing CCF systems and describing their ecological condition. This paper summarizes selected methodologies that recently have promoted the assessment of CCF systems. Special emphasis is given to information needs, terrestrial surveys, remote sensing techniques, mapped information and change estimation.


Forest Inventory Sustainable Forest Management National Forest Inventory Hyperspectral Data Terrestrial Laser Scanning 
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We want to express our thanks to Dr. André Iost, Dr. Bernhard Kenter, Konstantin Olschofsky, and Daniel Plugge, all Institute for World Forestry, Hamburg, Dr. Charles T. Scott, USDA Forest Service, Northeastern Research Station, Newtown Square, PA, USA, and to Prof. Dr. Steffen Kuntz, Infoterra GmbH, Friedrichshafen, Germany, for helpful input and comments.


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  1. 1.Institute for World ForestryUniversity of HamburgHamburgGermany
  2. 2.Institute for World Forestry, von Thünen-InstituteHamburgGermany

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