Scheda Insegnamento: Research support for sustainable forest management A.A. 2017/2018
  • Codice: 17928
  • Crediti: 6
  • Anno Off. Formativa: 2017/2018
  • Anno di Corso: 1
  • Erogazione: I semestre
  • Docente: ANNA BARBATI


This course provides students with a conceptual and practical understanding of the principles of statistically-designed inventories as tools for monitoring forests and sustainability of forest management.
By the end of this course we will
- Learn, understand and discuss the methodologies utilized in collecting data required for sustainable forest management (SFM) assessment and monitoring
- Learn, understand and discuss alternative methodologies used for estimating and evaluating SFM indicators
- Learn, understand and discuss the benefits and limitations of commonly used forest sampling designs

Learning Outcomes
At the end of the course, you should be able to:
- apply the theory and concepts behind commonly used forest sampling designs,
- correctly calculate estimates of SFM indicators of forested stands using appropriate statistical formulae, including calculating the estimate of the sampling error
- identify appropriate remote sensing data sources and modeling techniques for the spatial estimation of SFM

Course schedule and contents
Monitoring Sustainable Forest Management (SFM): criteria and indicators
Data collection: field survey and remote sensing derived variables
Descriptive statistics
Sampling error and sample size determination
Correlation and regression estimation
Sampling designs in forest inventories
Integrating remote sensing in forest inventory
Remote sensing for covariates

Testi consigliati

Kershaw JA, Ducey MJ, Beers TW, Husch B (2017). Forest mensuration. John Wiley & Sons
Manly BFJ, Navarro Alberto JA (2014). Introduction to ecological sampling. Chapman and Hall/CRC
Johnson EW (2000). Forest sampling desk reference. CRC Press.
GOFC-GOLD (2017). A Sourcebook of Methods and Procedures for Monitoring Essential Biodiversity Variables in Tropical Forests with Remote Sensing. Eds: GOFC-GOLD & GEO BON. Report version UNCBD COP-13, GOFC-GOLD Land Cover Project Office, Wageningen University, The Netherlands. ISSN: 2542-6729.





Metodologia didattica

Ore lezione: 40

Valutazione del profitto

Prova scritta

Descrizione dei metodi di accertamento

The final assessment will be based entirely on a final written exam (2 hours). The exam is based on questions on topics covered during the lectures/chapters of the textbook and on solving problem sets. It includes: a) 2 open questions scoring 5 points each; b) two problem sets (score = 10 points each) on the estimation of SFM indicators.

Luogo lezioni

Orario lezioni


Martedì 15:00-17:00
Stanza 123, DIBAF
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Tuesday 15:00-17:00
Room 123, DIBAF
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