Hold the date: 19-23 May 2019, Sundvolden hotel, Norway


We are honored to receive financial support from the following organizations:




Background and aims

In 2019, it is 100 years ago since the first National Forest Inventory (NFI) was established in Norway. The establishment of the NFI in 1919 was motivated by a fear of over-exploitation of timber resources. Just a few years later – in the 1920’s - similar monitoring programs were to follow in Finland, Sweden and the USA. Later, debates on acid rain in the 1980’s were a trigger for initiating NFI’s in central Europe. In the recent years, climate change (REDD+) has triggered the establishment of new NFI’s, especially in developing countries while most developed countries now have regular NFI programs.

One hundred years ago, the primary motivation of establishing NFI’s was to obtain an overview of timber resources. Since then, NFI’s have gradually evolved to provide answers to a much broader range of issues. While monitoring timber resources and sustainability is still a major component, NFI’s today also monitor forest damage, carbon sequestration as well as biodiversity indices and many other ecosystem services of landscapes in general. Currently, NFI’s provides data vital to decision support at national, regional and even local scales, to international reporting under the Climate Convention, and to international forest health monitoring programs. In line with the widening of objectives during the past century, techniques, sampling designs and resources in the NFI’s have evolved to be able to provide relevant answers to the society.

We would now like to take this unique opportunity to celebrate the first 100 years of history of the NFI’s by bringing together researchers and practitioners with an interest in forest monitoring, to reflect on the passed challenges, the lessons learned, and to improve future large-scale forest and landscape inventory programs.

Important dates

Deadline for submission of abstracts for oral presentations and posters:  14 October 2018

Notification of abstract acceptance: 15 December 2018

Registration (early-bird discount): NOK 2000,-  1 September until 31 December 2018

Registration (after 31 December 2018): NOK 3000,- until 28 February 2019

Registration (after 28 February 2019): NOK 4000,-


Scientific Committee (SC)

Johannes Breidenbach, NIBIO, Norway (Head of SC)
Annika Kangas, LUKE, Finland
Thomas Nord-Larsen, UCPH, Denmark
Mats Nilsson, SLU, Sweden
Ron McRoberts, USFS, USA
Klemens Schadauer, BFW/ENFIN, Austria
Rasmus Astrup, NIBIO, Norway
Thomas Riedel, Thünen, Germany
Adrian Lanz, WSL, Switzerland
Aksel Granhus, NIBIO, Norway
Håkan Olsson, SLU, Sweden
Jonas Fridman, SLU, Sweden
Anssi Pekkarinen, FAO/FRA, International
Erik Næsset, NMBU, Norway
Clara Antón Fernández, NIBIO, Norway
Matti Maltamo, UEF, Finland
Kari Korhonen, LUKE, Finland
Gerald Kändler, FVA, Germany
Piermaria Corona, CREA, Italy
Gretchen Moisen, USFS, USA
Lars Waser, WSL, Switzerland
Steen Magnussen, CFS, Canada
Iciar Alberdi, INIA, Spain
Radim Adolt, UHUL, Czech Republic
Hans Andersen, USFS, USA

Organizing commitee (OC)

Aksel Granhus, NIBIO (Head of OC)
Johannes Breidenbach, NIBIO
Ellen Schei Pongo, NIBIO

Code of conduct

 Code of conduct




The following organizations support conference activities:



Registration fees and hotel costs

Every participant will have to pay a registration fee of NOK 2000,- (early bird) for the conference and NOK 500,- if joining the field trip. The registration fee includes conference materials, the icebreaker and the gala dinner (if staying at the hotel). The registration fee for the field trip includes transportation and lunch. The registration fee has to be paid upon registration on this website.

For every conference day (Monday through Wednesday), an additional fee of NOK 600,- will have to be paid when arriving at the venue. This fee includes refreshments, lunch, and conference services. If you stay at the conference hotel, it also includes the dinner. The hotel is very nice and we got a good offer for room prices which are NOK 1090,- for a single room or NOK 690,- per person for a double room (including breakfast). If you do not stay at the hotel, there will be an additional cost (NOK 890,-) if you would like to join the gala dinner and the normal dinners at the hotel are not included. The room and the other fees described in this paragraph will be paid directly to the hotel when arriving.

Example 1: You participate in the full conference including the field trip; you arrive Sunday afternoon and leave Thursday evening and stay in a single room. The cost will be NOK 2500 (which has to be paid on this website) and 4 x NOK 1090,- plus 3 x NOK 600 = NOK 6160 (which has to be paid at the hotel).

Example 2: You participate in one conference day only; you arrive Sunday afternoon and leave Monday evening and stay in a single room. The cost will be NOK 2000 (which has to be paid on this website) and 1 x NOK 1090,- plus 1 x NOK 600 = NOK 1690 (which has to be paid at the hotel).

Please contact us, if you like to bring an additional person that does not participate in the conference of if you have any other questions.

Registration form

Refunding is possible until February 18th, after this date the hotel room has to be paid also if the conference is not attended.




Sundvolden hotell
From Sunday May 19th 2019 at 19:00
To Thursday May 23rd 2019 at 15:00
Monday December 31st 2018 at 15:45
Conference fee before 31 December 2018 - NOK 2000,-
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  • Keynote speakers:

  • Arne Northdurft, Boku, Austria - Mutualisms between Forest Monitoring and Forest Inventory

    Arne Nothdurft is Professor for Forest Monitoring and head of the Institute of Forest Growth at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU).

    His research focuses on spatial and temporal modeling of stochastic processes in forest ecosystems. Major goal of his work is to assess the impact of a changing environment on the growth and mortality of forest trees.

  • Göran Ståhl, SLU, Sweden - Use of auxiliary information in NFIs

    Göran Ståhl is professor of forest inventory at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Umeå, Sweden. His research interests are environmental monitoring, forest inventory and forest planning. During 1999-2008 he was chairman of the board of the Swedish NFI and he has coordinated the development of programmes for Swedish landscape monitoring and for LULUCF sector reporting according to the climate convention.

  • Ellen Bruzelius Backer, Policy Director for Environmental integrity at Norway International Climate and Forest Initiative: From NFI statistics to policy – What users need for climate reporting and MRV

    Ellen Bruzelius Backer is the Policy Director for Environmental Integrity at Norway's International Climate and Forest Initiative (https://www.regjeringen.no/no/tema/klima-og-miljo/klima/klima--og-skogsatsingen/id2000712/ ).

    She is a political scientist and has worked with forest policy issues and measuring, reporting and verification (MRV) for both Norway and for tropical forest countries engaged in REDD+.

  • Christoph Kleinn, Univ. Göttingen, Germany - National forest inventories have the longest history of all empirical forest related studies - of rigor and relevance at the science-policy interface

    Christoph Kleinn is a professor at University of Göttingen, Germany, where he leads the Forest Inventory and Remote Sensing team in the Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology (http://www.iww.forst.uni-goettingen.de/iww-eng.htm). His main research interest is in large area forest monitoring both in technical and strategic terms, and from a science and implementation point of view. Among the foci of his work is also to make young forestry students enthusiastic about these fields, by organizing international student workshops.

  • Gherardo Chirici, Univ. Florence, Italy - Are NFIs ready for ecosystem services assessment?

    Gherardo Chirici is Associate Professor at the University of Florence (Italy), chair of Forest inventory and remote sensing, director of geoLAB – Laboratory of Forest Geomatics (www.geolab.unifi.it). His main research interests are forest geomatics and inventory, application of remote sensing for landscape ecology and biodiversity monitoring, multiscale land planning, forest modelling and sustainable forest management.

  • Laura Duncanson: NASA Earth observation programs and NFIs – how can we achieve synergies?

    Laura Duncanson has recently started a position as an assistant professor at the University of Maryland College Park, after spending four years as a research scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Her primarily research focus is studying forest structure, both from theoretical and applied perspectives, with particular interests in allometry and biomass mapping and modeling. She is a member of the NASA GEDI science definition team, and works to develop and implement GEDI’s aboveground biomass algorithms. She is also co-lead of the Committee for Earth Observing Satellites (CEOS) Land Product Validation (LPV) focus area on biomass, and is engaged with members of NASA’s ICESat-2, NASA/ISRO’s NISAR, and ESA’s BIOMASS mission to work toward coordinated spaceborne product validation.

  • Anssi Pekkarinen, FAO,FRA, International - Importance of NFIs in the international context

    Anssi Pekkarinen works for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, where he leads the Global Forest Resources Assessment team. His main interest is to develop global capacity in forest monitoring and assessment to allow streamlined, transparent and reliable reporting on forest resources

  • Special session by Erkki Tomppo: Multisource NFIs in the next decade – foundations for the way forward

    • Klemens Schadauer: Field plots and RS technologies - a common future for NFIs? 
    • Ron McRoberts: A primer on model-based inference for remote sensing-assisted forestry  applications. 
    • Erkki Tomppo:  Remote sensing aided forest inventories  - past, present, future

  • List of possible topics and tentative schedule:

  • Sunday 19th May:

  • 19.00


  • Monday 20th May: Improving future NFIs by learning from the past

    • 100 years Norwegian NFI
    • What can we learn from historic data and long time series?
    • History of forest sampling techniques
    • History of measurement devices
    • History of remote sensing in NFIs
    • How did and do NFIs contribute to major debates like acid rain (“forest dieback”) and others?
    • How do NFIs contribute to major debates like climate change?
    • NFIs and forest industry development

  • Tuesday 21st May: NFIs today and in the future

    • Importance of international cooperation – FAO, ENFIN, SNS, and others
    • Policy, regulations, funding, education
    • Sampling designs in various NFIs
    • Newly established NFIs in the context of REDD+
    • How are NFI data used today?
    • Use of NFI data in research (e.g. modelling risk, growth and yield studies, climate change)
    • Informing critical environmental issues by monitoring biodiversity and other ecological aspects
    • Techniques for greenhouse gas inventories
    • NFIs and socio-economic data

  • 20.00

    Gala dinner

  • Wednesday 22nd May: Cutting edge and futuristic inventory techniques and technologies

    • NFIs and FMIs – pathways to a fruitful synergy?
    • Evolution of NFIs from forest to landscape inventories
    • Remote sensing and sampling methods
    • New sensors and satellite missions
    • Dissemination of forest inventory data
    • Value of information
    • Informing precision forestry
    • New field measurement devices (TLS, photogrammetry, etc.)

  • Thursday 23rd May: Field excursion

    On the last day of the conference, a whole-day field trip will be arranged to forest areas and historic sites. In the forest, crews from Nordic and Baltic countries will demonstrate and explain how the NFI fieldwork is carried out in their respective countries, together with the sampling schemes used. We will further have a stop at the uniquely restored 19th century chain-operated timber transportation system that was used to haul timber several hundred meters up to the watershed divine between Lake Tyrifjorden in the west and the waterways floating towards the Oslo Fjord in the east, where the sawmills were located at that time.

    The field trip will end at Sundvolden at 16:00 hours.

Call for abstracts

The scientific committee will review submitted abstracts and recommend them for oral or poster presentation:

  • An (extended) abstract (max one page) is required for each paper submission
  • Please download the template file for the abstracts here
  • Use the template to write your abstract and send it to abstracts.nfi100@nibio.no
  • A maximum of two abstract submissions per presenter
  • A single presenter is allowed to present a maximum of two papers.
  • Authors will be given the opportunity to have their paper(s) considered for a special issue of a peer‐ reviewed journal.

Deadline for submission of abstracts for oral presentations and posters:  14 october 2018


The conference venue is Sundvolden Hotel (http://www.sundvolden.no/en), which is located close to the beautiful lake Tyrifjorden, northwest of Oslo. The hotel has an almost 400-year long history as accommodation for travelers, and provides modern conference facilities with a new conference hall and an adjacent large lobby suitable for poster sessions, exhibitions and mingling. The entire hotel will be at our disposal during the conference. If the number of conference attendees exceeds the hotel’s capacity (273 rooms), alternative accommodation will be provided at hotel Scandic Hønefoss, with shuttle busses ferrying attendees to the main conference venue.

Sundvolden hotel


How to get there?

From Oslo airport (OSL):

Bus: The airport shuttle bus service (http://askeladden.net/airportshuttle/) from Oslo airport to Sundvolden has several daily departures with a travel time of 1 h 10 min.

Train + bus: You may also travel by train (https://flytoget.no/en) from the airport to Oslo Central Station, and proceed by taking bus route 200 from the main bus terminal in Oslo (5 min walk from the railway station) to Sundvolden. Approximate travel time 1 h 45 min. Timetables for the bus connection: https://www.brakar.no/server/pub/timetables/line_200.pdf?x52889

Note: When registering for the conference, please indicate whether you want to use the airport shuttle bus, as this gives us the opportunity to notify the shuttle bus company on needs to adjust the capacity. The shuttle costs NOK 300,-  per person. Payment directly to the driver. 

From downtown Oslo:

The most convenient way to get to Sundvolden would be to take bus route 200 from the main bus terminal (5 min walk from the railway station). Approximate travel time 1 h 15 min. Timetables for the bus connection: https://www.brakar.no

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.


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To book your sponsorship or exhibitor package today, please contact the organizing committee: nfi100@nibio.no or use https://nibio.pameldingssystem.no/payment

The sponsor exhibition and scientific posters will be in the same conference room to assure high visibility of all sponsors. The conference room will be next doors to the main auditorium.

We expect that this international conference will attract at least 250 experts in forest and landscape resource monitoring, with participation from research institutions, universities, government agencies and the private sector. Thus, if you want to present your company or organization to potential customers or stakeholders don’t miss this unique opportunity. A description of our sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities follows. Taking advantage of these opportunities will provide your company or organization with:

  • Significant exposure to experts within the field of forest monitoring, remote sensing, and statistical modeling
  • Networking opportunities during the conference, and after the conference through provision of an attendees list
  • Opportunities to promote your company or organization’s products and services to prospective clients
  • Recognition as an international leader in the field of data uses or equipment for forest monitoring and science

We are offering a variety of sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities that can be tailored to meet your needs. If you are interested, please contact us and we will be happy to help setting up a package that best suits your needs.


Platinum (NOK 100 000)

  • Recognition as Platinum sponsor on all printed and digital conference materials (program, slides, website)
  • One area for placement of an exhibit booth (ca. 3 x 3 m)
  • One additional exhibit area (ca. 2 x 1.5 m) ) in a high-flow area near refreshment stations
  • Complementary conference access for up to three representatives
  • Company brochure or leaflets supplied to all conference attendees in registration packet
  • Full page ad in conference program
  • Recognition on signage (provided by company) as primary sponsor at conference dinner and icebreaker
  • 10-minute slot for company presentation during conference (limited availability)

Gold (NOK 50 000)

  • Recognition as Gold sponsor on all printed and digital conference materials (program, slides, website)
  • One area for placement of an exhibit booth (ca. 3 x 3 m)
  • Complementary conference access for up to two representatives
  • Company brochure or leaflets supplied to all conference attendees in registration packet
  • Half page ad in conference program
  • Recognition on signage (provided by company) during icebreaker

Silver (NOK 25 000)

  • Recognition as Silver sponsor on all printed and digital conference materials (program, slides, website)
  • Complementary conference access for one representative
  • Company brochure or leaflets supplied to all conference attendees in registration packet

Exhibitor (NOK 10 000)

  • One area for placement of an exhibit booth (ca. 2 x 2 m)
  • Complementary conference access for up to one representative