Swiss National Forest Inventory – Methods and Models of the Fourth Assessment

  • Christoph Fischer
  • Berthold Traub

Part of the Managing Forest Ecosystems book series (MAFE, volume 35)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Swiss NFI at a Glance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Urs-Beat Brändli, Martin Hägeli
      Pages 3-35
  3. Sampling Design and Estimation Procedures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-37
    2. Adrian Lanz, Christoph Fischer, Meinrad Abegg
      Pages 39-92
  4. Remote Sensing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Christian Ginzler
      Pages 95-100
    3. Rolf Meile
      Pages 101-104
    4. Christian Ginzler, Bronwyn Price, Ruedi Bösch, Christoph Fischer, Martina L. Hobi, Achilleas Psomas et al.
      Pages 125-142
  5. Terrestrial Inventory and Interview Survey

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 143-143
    2. Christoph Düggelin, Markus Keller, Fabrizio Cioldi
      Pages 159-186
    3. Christoph Fischer, Marielle Fraefel
      Pages 187-195
  6. Modelling of Forest Resources

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 203-203
    2. Anne Herold, Jürgen Zell, Brigitte Rohner, Markus Didion, Esther Thürig, Erik Rösler
      Pages 205-230
    3. Brigitte Rohner, Christoph Fischer, Anne Herold, Erik Rösler
      Pages 231-241
    4. Markus Didion, Anne Herold, Esther Thürig
      Pages 243-248
    5. Christoph Fischer, Urs-Beat Brändli, Markus O. Huber
      Pages 249-255
    6. Christoph Fischer, Golo Stadelmann
      Pages 257-263
    7. Golo Stadelmann, Christian Temperli, Brigitte Rohner, Markus Didion, Anne Herold, Erik Rösler et al.
      Pages 265-279
    8. Markus Didion, Jürgen Zell
      Pages 281-284
    9. Golo Stadelmann, Markus Didion, Esther Thürig
      Pages 285-296
  7. The Swiss National Forest Inventory Data Analysis System

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 297-297
    2. Berthold Traub, Rolf Meile, Simon Speich, Erik Rösler
      Pages 299-336
  8. Data Quality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 337-337
    2. Berthold Traub, Fabrizio Cioldi, Christoph Düggelin, Markus Keller, Christian Ginzler
      Pages 339-365
    3. Marielle Fraefel, Christoph Fischer
      Pages 367-373
  9. Raw Data Collection Software in the Swiss NFI

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 375-375
    2. Sandro Bischof, Enikő Stüdeli-Fey, Rolf Meile
      Pages 377-401
  10. Coordination of the Swiss National Forest Inventory Data Analysis System

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 403-403
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 417-431

About this book


The Swiss National Forest Inventory (NFI) is a forest survey on national level which started in 1982 and has already reached its 5th survey cycle (NFI5). It can be characterized as a multisource and multipurpose inventory where information is mainly collected from terrestrial field surveys using permanent sample plots. In addition, data from aerial photography, GIS and forest service questionnaires are also included.

The NFI's main objective is to provide statistically reliable and sound figures to stakeholders such as politicians, researchers, ecologists, forest service, timber industry, national and international organizations as well as to international projects such as the Forest Resources Assessment of the United Nations. For Switzerland, NFI results are typically reported on national and regional level.

State of the art methods are applied in all fields of data collection which have been proven to be of international interest and have even served as a basis for other European NFIs. The presented methods are applicable to any sample based forest inventory around the globe.

In 2001 the Swiss NFI published its methods for the first time. Since then, many methodological changes and improvements have been introduced. 

This book describes the complete set of methods and revisions since NFI2. It covers various topics ranging from inventory design and statistics to remote sensing, field survey methods and modelling. It also describes data quality concepts and the software framework used for data storage, statistical analysis and result presentation.


National Forest Inventory Forest survey Terrestrial field surveys Inventory design Remote sensing

Editors and affiliations

  • Christoph Fischer
    • 1
  • Berthold Traub
    • 2
  1. 1.Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSLBirmensdorfSwitzerland
  2. 2.Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSLBirmensdorfSwitzerland

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