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Detecting young trees from space

FR have established how to detect young trees from space using synthetic aperture RADAR and machine learning techniques. This will support the monitoring of the planting of tens of thousands of restock sites and new woodland across Britain. In searching for a solution researchers hypothesised that even if the trees are too small to see, maybe we could ‘feel’ them using Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR). A different technique to utilising optical data, SAR provides ‘fuzzy’ data on the presence of objects, their size, orientation and texture. The research found that this was possible and data on whether sites had tree cover or not has been derived for extensive areas of Britain and NFI are working to operationalise the process.

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  • Forest management
  • Measuring, modelling and forecasting
Peer reviewed papers

Trends in surface water chemistry in afforested Welsh catchments

Analysis of 22 years of water chemistry data from afforested Welsh catchments revealed trends indicative of recovery from acidification

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  • Soil science
  • Forest management
  • Measuring, modelling and forecasting
  • Forest hydrology
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BRIGIT - A consortium for enhancing UK surveillance and response to Xylella fastidiosa

A multi-partner GB wide transdisciplinary project that takes a holistic approach to enhance diagnostics, identify factors that could lead to spread and formulate response strategies to mitigate the devastating effects of X. fastidiosa.

Status: Current

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  • Pests and diseases
  • Ecosystem services
  • Measuring, modelling and forecasting
Forestry Facts & Figures

Forestry Facts & Figures 2018

This booklet contains a summary of statistics about woodland and forestry. The complete statistics for 2017 are available on our forestry statistics web page. Please note - the printed version of…

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  • Forest management
  • Measuring, modelling and forecasting
Peer reviewed papers

Urban Forests in a European Perspective: what can the National Forest Inventory tell us?

This pilot project demonstrates that the NFI data, in combinationwith the DEGURBA approach, provides existing data onEuropean urban forests. Now that we know what we have, thereis potential to quantify…

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  • Forest management
  • Land reclamation
  • Measuring, modelling and forecasting
Forestry Facts & Figures

Forestry Facts & Figure 2017

This booklet contains a summary of statistics about woodland and forestry. The complete statistics for 2017 are available on our forestry statistics web page. Please note - the printed version of…

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  • Measuring, modelling and forecasting
  • Forest management
  • Tree breeding
  • Socio economic research
UKFS Technical Note

Assessing the stem straightness of trees

Stem straightness is important in determining tree and log value. The ability to make an effective assessment before harvesting is useful for forest managers and practitioners to improve forecasting, planning,…

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  • Measuring, modelling and forecasting
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SCALEFORES: Scaling Rules For Ecosystem Service Mapping

We are working with Southampton University and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology to develop and test novel modelling frameworks to explore the drivers of ecosystem services at different spatial scales in order to predict and map their delivery.

Status: Current

Themes

  • Climate change
  • Forest management
  • Pests and diseases
  • Socio economic research
  • Land reclamation
  • Forest hydrology
  • Measuring, modelling and forecasting
  • Ecosystem services
Research Note

Timber properties of noble fir, Norway spruce, western red cedar and western hemlock grown in Great Britain

The softwood processing sector in Great Britain has been built around the use of a very small number of timber-producing species – predominantly Sitka spruce. The recent increase in outbreaks…

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  • Tree breeding
  • Measuring, modelling and forecasting
Forestry Facts & Figures

Forestry Facts & Figures 2016

This booklet contains a summary of statistics about woodland and forestry. The complete statistics for 2016 are available on our forestry statistics web page. Please note - the printed version of…

Themes

  • Forest management
  • Measuring, modelling and forecasting