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Comparing multisource harmonized forest types mapping: a case study from central Italy

Matteo Vizzarri (1)   , Ugo Chiavetta (2), Gherardo Chirici (1), Vittorio Garfì (1), Annemarie Bastrup-Birk (3), Marco Marchetti (1)

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 8, Issue 1, Pages 59-66 (2015)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor1133-007
Published: Jun 17, 2014 - Copyright © 2015 SISEF

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The availability of common standardized geospatial information on composition, structure and distribution of forests is essential to support environmental actions, sustainable forest management and planning policies. Forest types maps are suitable tools for supporting both silvicultural and forest planning choices from local to global scale levels. For this reason local authorities may develop forest types maps independently, in which case a standardized/harmonized framework for their comparison and aggregation is essential. At the same time local forest types maps may not be directly related to pan-European forest resources assessments and classification systems. This paper presents results of the harmonization of four forest types maps available for central Italy. The process is based on a bottom-up approach aimed at maintaining the most detailed common nomenclature system across the different Regions. The final results, in terms of forest types area, are compared with several independent sources of information: (i) two forest maps, one developed at national level on the basis of the Corine Land Cover 2006, and one for high resolution forest / non forest classification developed at pan-European level; and (ii) two sample based inventories: the Italian National Forest Inventory (INFC) and the Italian Land Use Inventory (IUTI). The results show that the proposed bottom- up harmonization approach is a suitable tool to guarantee the integrity and homogeneity of local forest types nomenclature systems, and to integrate such local data with European standards.


Forest Categories, Forest Types, Central Italy, Forest Area Estimation, Forest Nomenclature Systems, Forest Resources Classification, Forest Resources Mapping

Authors’ address

Matteo Vizzarri
Gherardo Chirici
Vittorio Garfì
Marco Marchetti
Dipartimento di Bioscienze e Territorio (DiBT), Università degli Studi del Molise, Contrada Fonte Lappone, I-86090 Pesche, Isernia (Italy)
Ugo Chiavetta
Consiglio per la ricerca e la sperimentazione in Agricoltura, Forestry Research Centre, v.le S. Margherita 80, I-52100 Arezzo (Italy)
Annemarie Bastrup-Birk
European Environmental Agency, Kongens Nytorv 6, DK-1050 Copenhagen (Denmark)

Corresponding author

Matteo Vizzarri


Vizzarri M, Chiavetta U, Chirici G, Garfì V, Bastrup-Birk A, Marchetti M (2015). Comparing multisource harmonized forest types mapping: a case study from central Italy. iForest 8: 59-66. - doi: 10.3832/ifor1133-007

Academic Editor

Luca Salvati

Paper history

Received: Sep 20, 2013
Accepted: Feb 26, 2014

First online: Jun 17, 2014
Publication Date: Feb 02, 2015
Publication Time: 3.70 months

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