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The Austrian National forest inventory: More than just counting trees


The social demands on the forest have been changing during the last centuries. After World War II the investigations on the sustainability of the forest use have been intensified in Austria. In the 1960’ies a statistical based Austrian National Forest Inventory (AFI) was set up and since that time up to the presence the AFI assesses status and changes of the forest ecosystem.
Key issues that will be presented and discusses during the seminar are:
  • What is a forest and is there only one perspective?
  • Changes of society’s  demands on forests and their mirror in the AFI
  • Research design
  • Historical and up to date technical tools – from a human calculation chain to visual techniques (Satellite imagery, laser technology, aerial photos)
  • Who needs forest information?
  • Other BFW links to art

Mr. Klemens Schadauer is Head of the Department of Forest Inventory at the Federal Research and Training Centre for Forests, Natural Hazards and Landscape (BFW) and Deputy Managing Director of the BFW. He studied forestry at the BOKU and holds a PhD for forestry. He has more than 25 years of work experience in research and project coordination in international and domestic cooperation. Since its formation in 2003 he leads the European National Forest Inventory Network ENFIN. He is permanent member of the “Comité Scientifique et Technique de l’Inventaire forestier national (IFN)” of the French National Forest Inventory as well as of the Expert Committee of the German National Forest Inventory.

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The Austrian National forest inventory: More than just counting trees
January 17, 2017, 14:00h
Hohenstaufengasse 9