2012-03-09

New digital forest map from SLU

How do the forests look like where you live? With the help of skogskarta.slu.se you can see how much forest there is in a defined area and even which species there are and how old the forest is.

SLU have created a complete map of Sweden's forests for the year 2010. All the data is available free of charge via skogskarta.slu.se

- With the forest map we can address questions such as the forest area within drainage basins, or examine the distribution of habitats for specific species, explains project manager Mat Nilsson, researcher with the Department of Forest Resource Management at SLU.

The data available in the forest map are standing volume per hectare - total and per tree species. Average stand age, average stand height and total biomass. The forest map is used,for example, by  forest owners, researchers or analyists within both the forestry and environmental sectors.

The map is based on a combination of field data the the Swedish National Forest Inventory and satellite images from Saccess, primarily from 2010. The forest map is often refered to as "kNN-Sweden" due to the alogarithm on which it is based. Previous versions of the forest map are available for 2000 and 2005.

Further reading

The forest map is available at:
skogskarta.slu.se

Contact information

Project manager: Mats Nilsson, Department of Forest Resource Management
+46 (0)90-786 84 22, mats.nilsson@slu.se

Project leader: Mikael Egberth, Department of Forest Resource Management
+46 (0)90-786 85 17, mikael.egberth@slu.se

Published by: Neil Cory
 

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