Mapping natural forest by means of remote sensing

Project title:
Mapping natural forest by means of remote sensing

Evaluating possibilities of applying recent development in remote sensing for characterizing forest structure and naturalness is of great interest from a forest monitoring perspective. Thus, the main objective of the research was to develop methods to identify natural forests, with emphasis on old natural forest.

Funded by:
Norwegian Environmental Agency




Rapid changes are expected in the mountain forest and the forest-alpine transition zone due to global warming. Since steep temperature-productivity gradients characterize these marginal areas, two fundamental effects are expected: (1) an expansion of the forest by colonization of non-forested areas and migration of the alpine tree line; (2) increased growth of existing trees which will have a significant impact on carbon sequestration and future carbon pools. Continue reading