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Title: European primary forest database v2.0
Author(s): Sabatini, Francesco Maria
Bluhm, Hendrik
Kun, Zoltan
Aksenov, Dmitry
Atauri, José A.
Buchwald, Erik
Burrascano, Sabina
Cateau, Eugénie
Diku, Abdulla
Duarte, Inês Marques
Fernández López, Ángel B.
Garbarino, Matteo
Grigoriadis, Nikolaos
Horváth, Ferenc
Keren, Srđan
Kitenberga, Mara
Kiš, Alen
Kraut, Ann
Ibisch, Pierre L.
Larrieu, Laurent
Lombardi, Fabio
Matovic, Bratislav
Melu, Radu Nicolae
Meyer, Peter
Midteng, Rein
Mikac, Stjepan
Mikoláš, Martin
Mozgeris, Gintautas
Panayotov, Momchil
Pisek, Rok
Nunes, Leónia
Ruete, Alejandro
Schickhofer, Matthias
Simovski, Bojan
Stillhard, Jonas
Stojanovic, Dejan
Szwagrzyk, Jerzy
Tikkanen, Olli-Pekka
Toromani, Elvin
Volosyanchuk, Roman
Vrška, Tomáš
Waldherr, Marcus
Yermokhin, Maxim
Zlatanov, Tzvetan
Zagidullina, Asiya
Kuemmerle, Tobias
Issue Date: 2021
Type: Article
Language: English
Abstract: Primary forests, defined here as forests where the signs of human impacts, if any, are strongly blurred due to decades without forest management, are scarce in Europe and continue to disappear. Despite these losses, we know little about where these forests occur. Here, we present a comprehensive geodatabase and map of Europe’s known primary forests. Our geodatabase harmonizes 48 different, mostly field-based datasets of primary forests, and contains 18,411 individual patches (41.1 Mha) spread across 33 countries. When available, we provide information on each patch (name, location, naturalness, extent and dominant tree species) and the surrounding landscape (biogeographical regions, protection status, potential natural vegetation, current forest extent). Using Landsat satellite-image time series (1985–2018) we checked each patch for possible disturbance events since primary forests were identified, resulting in 94% of patches free of significant disturbances in the last 30 years. Although knowledge gaps remain, ours is the most comprehensive dataset on primary forests in Europe, and will be useful for ecological studies, and conservation planning to safeguard these unique forests.
Open Access: Open access publication
License: (CC BY 4.0) Creative Commons Attribution 4.0(CC BY 4.0) Creative Commons Attribution 4.0
Sponsor/Funder: Publikationsfonds MLU
Journal Title: Scientific data
Publisher: Nature Publ. Group
Publisher Place: London
Volume: 8
Original Publication: 10.1038/s41597-021-00988-7
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