Developing new state-of-the-art wet area maps for forest management

Reference number 2014-03319
Coordinator Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet - Institutionen för skogens ekologi och skötsel
Funding from Vinnova SEK 4 462 000
Project duration October 2014 - May 2021
Status Ongoing
Call

Purpose and goal

The project aim to develop new high resolution soil moisture maps which can be used to optimize the riparian protection zones, from both an environmental and forest production perspective.

Expected results and effects

With better, high-resolution maps of wet areas the environmental protection can be strengthened, the biogeochemical and ecological functioning of the riparian forests can be maintained by implementing hydrologically driven riparian protectionzones. At the same time forest companies can save time and money by avoiding foo-road driving and road-construction in wet areas, difficult to traffic and also reduce the risk of machines getting stuck or costly restorations of soil damages.

Planned approach and implementation

New high-resolution soil moisture maps are generated from the national digital elevation model, using different techniques. The maps will be validated against field measured data of riparian forests to test which methods that give the best results. Based on large national datasets the models will be adapted to different soiltypes so high quality maps can be generated throughout the landscape.

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