RECALCULATION OF FOREST INCREMENT, MORTALITY AND HARVEST RATE IN LATVIA ACCORDING TO UPDATED LAND USE DATA
Keywords:Harvest rate, increment, mortality, land use and land use change, national forest inventory
National forest inventory (NFI) is an efficient way to monitor forest resources, including increment, mortality, and harvest rate. It provides accurate statistical information about land use data, land use change and biomass stock change and enables to tie the specific increment, mortality and harvest data to defined land use category, dominant tree species, site types etc. Recently there have been introduced changes in land use calculation method using NFI data in Latvia. New calculation method takes into account present land use data and land use data from two previous cycles considerably reducing uncertainty of the estimates and takes into account possible land management practices which may alter the land use category in long-term, also usage of auxiliary data has been introduced to increase accuracy of determination of final land-use category. Changes in land use calculation method directly affects distribution of data on increment, morality and harvests between land use categories. The aim of the study is to determine increment, mortality and harvest rate in Latvia between the first and third NFI cycle (2004-2018) using updated land use data and to compare obtained result with data from the most recent greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory report.