Filling the gap on consistent and spatially explicit insect and disease forest disturbance data
Forest disturbances are increasing in Europe, but geospatial data describing them are often scattered. The Database of European Forest Insect & Disease Disturbances (DEFID2) allows researchers across Europe to share their geospatial reference records of insect and disease disturbances in European forests. Curated by the JRC, DEFID2 currently contains 650,000 harmonized georeferenced records mapped as polygons or points, complemented by the FORWIND database on windthrow events.
Change of focus in remote sensing science could increase user-uptake in forestry
Remote sensing science often focuses on a particular data source or methodological development rather than the operational use of derived information. Fassnacht et al. see slow user-uptake, technical issues related to forest inventories, and map validation as challenges in using remote sensing in forest inventory and monitoring programmes. They recommend sharing success stories, addressing real-world problems, and promoting best practices to increase the user-uptake of new technologies.