iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry


Integration of forest mapping and inventory to support forest management

P Corona   

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 3, Issue 3, Pages 59-64 (2010)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor0531-003
Published: May 17, 2010 - Copyright © 2010 SISEF

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Forest inventory and forest mapping can be considered as monitoring and assessment applications that respond to different demands. However, the integration of mapping and inventory provides an effective framework for the support of forest management from multiple perspectives: (i) use of thematic maps for stratifying the inventory sample for the purpose of improving the precision of inventory estimates; (ii) coupling remotely sensed and sample inventory data for the purpose of constructing maps of inventoried forest attributes; (iii) coupling remotely sensed data and sample inventory data for the purpose of improving the precision of the inventory estimates; (iv) using inventory data as prior information to support thematic mapping; and (v) using inventory data to correct map areal estimates. This paper aims to provide general considerations on this integration issue in the form of a scientific review and commentary discussion.


Thematic mapping, Forest inventory, Monitoring and assessment programs, Remote sensing, Probability sampling

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P Corona
Dipartimento di Scienze dell’Ambiente Forestale e delle sue Risorse, Università della Tuscia, v. San Camillo de Lellis, I-01100 Viterbo (Italy)

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Corona P (2010). Integration of forest mapping and inventory to support forest management. iForest 3: 59-64. - doi: 10.3832/ifor0531-003

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Received: Dec 04, 2009
Accepted: Jan 23, 2010

First online: May 17, 2010
Publication Date: May 17, 2010
Publication Time: 3.80 months

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