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|Title: ||The Irish Forest Soils Project and its Potential Contribution to the Assessment of Biodiversity|
|Authors: ||Loftus, M|
|Keywords: ||Forest soils|
|Issue Date: ||2002|
|Publisher: ||Royal Irish Academy|
|Citation: ||T M Loftus, M Bulfin, N Farrelly, R Fealy, S Green, R Meehan,T Radford. The Irish Forest Soils Project and its Potential Contribution to the Assessment of Biodiversity. Biology & Environment: Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, 2002, 102(3), 151-164. DOI 10.3318/BIOE.2002.102.3.151|
|Series/Report no.: ||Biology and Environment:Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy;vol 102B|
|Abstract: ||The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has proposed methods and thematic areas for data collection that are appropriate to the evaluation of biodiversity. The Heritage Council has identified a paucity of data on habitats in Ireland. Within this context, we outline the Irish Forest Soils (IFS) element of the Forest Inventory and Planning System (FIPS) and present a detailed account of land-cover mapping, which is an important aspect of the project. The IFS project aims to produce a national thematic map of land cover using soft-copy photogrammetry, combined with satellite-image classification and field survey. This aspect of the IFS project generates data on land cover at different spatial and classification resolutions. We report on the progress made to date and present illustrative examples of the data sets. The UNEP proposals provide a useful framework within which to discuss the potential contribution of IFS data to the assessment of biodiversity.|
The Forest Service, Department of the Marine and Natural Resources, the National Development Programme (NDP) and the European Union, contributed to the funding of this project.
|Appears in Collections:||Forestry|
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