Session 9

FOREST MONITORING AND PLANNING

Session Coordinators Gherardo CHIRICI (University of Florence ), Federico MAETZKE (University of  Palermo), Roberto SCOTTI (Università of Sassari)

Proximal and remote sensing technologies are progressing with increasing acceleration. Terrestrial and aerial Lidar technologies, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), the new Landsat and Sentinel satellites are just some of the examples of the most recent technological advances as source of information to support forest resource management. However, forest planning and management are not yet completely using these new advancements in forest geomatics. Precision forestry and the need to holistically quantify the ecosystems services (ES) provisioned by forests are innovative and interesting insights because of the increased amount of information needed for their implementation. Probably the increasing amount of data available (big data) also requires more suitable computing infrastructures to fully convert them in useful information. Within such a framework, this session gathers contributions regarding the applications of recent developments in forest resource monitoring and forest inventories and their use to support forest resource management and silvicultural activities. Contributions are expected to include: forest inventory, active and passive remote sensing, from aerial, satellite, and UAV platforms; including multispectral, radar, lidar and photogrammetric applications, spatial modeling, geographic information systems and forest mapping, as well as methodological and experimental research concerning the ‘adaptive’ development of forest planning, made possible also by the increased potential of new monitoring technologies. Complementing technological investigations, it is necessary to consider the interactions and limitations these developments imply at a conceptual level. Contributions of critical analysis and propositions of approaches aimed at overcoming the identified criticalities are also of interest here.