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


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


Most people can't see the forest for the trees, but some guys are different. For 100 years these Norwegians have explored remote woodlands to produce knowledge about the forest resources. May 19th-23rd the sylvan centenarian will be celebrated with a large scientific conference just outside Oslo.  https://vimeo.com/252322912


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.




From Sunday May 19th 2019 at 19:00
To Thursday May 23rd 2019 at 15:00
Thursday February 28th 2019 at 16:00
Conference fee before 28 February 2019 - NOK 3000,- incl. VAT
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Download Preliminary program

  • Sunday 19th May:

  • 18.00


  • 19.00


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

  • 07.45


  • 08.15


    • Aksel Granhus and Johannes Breidenbach, NFI / NIBIO
    • N.N. Norwegian Ministry of Food and Agriculture
    • Nils Vagstad, Director of NIBIO

  • 09.00

    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.


  • 09.45


    100 years of NFI in Norway
    by Aksel Granhus

    Major changes in the Nordic forests over the last 100 years – trends and maps based on National Forest Inventory data
    by Anna-Lena Axelsson

    NFI in the USA: Development of the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Program
    by Richard W. Guldin

  • 10.30

    Break, poster display and company exhibition

  • 11.00


    Experiences in the implementation of NFI in Brazil: lessons learned and potential applications to support a 21st century forest agenda
    by Joberto Veloso de Freitas

    Bridging the gap: toward a French MS-NFI for territories
    by Jean-Pierre Renaud

    Reflections from 35 years of National Forest Inventory in Germany: Challenges and lessons learned
    by Heino Polley, Thomas Riedel

    A history of forest monitoring in Victoria, Australia. How learning from the past has influenced current and future forest monitoring
    by Shaun Suitor

  • 12.00

    Lightning talks

  • 12.30


  • 13.30

    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.

  • 14.15


    Small area estimation in the Norwegian NFI
    by Johannes Breidenbach

    A small area estimation tool for FIA applications
    by Gretchen Moisen

    Using airborne and satellite remote sensing to support forest inventory in interior Alaska
    by Hans-Erik Andersen

    Usefulness of past inventory data as prior information in the future inventory
    by Annika Kangas

    The role of NFI sample plots and multi-temporal remote sensing for keeping forest management plans continuously updated
    by Håkan Olsson

  • 15.30

    Break, poster display and company exhibition

  • 16.00

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

    Field plots and RS technologies - a common future for NFIs? 
    by Klemens Schadauer

    A primer on model-based inference for remote sensing-assisted forestry  applications
    by Ron McRoberts

    Remote sensing aided forest inventories  - past, present, future
    by Erkki Tomppo

  • 17.30

    Lightning talks

  • 18.00

    Poster session and company exhibition

  • 19.00


  • 19.45

    Systematic night

    In search of a robust variance estimator for systematic sampling in forest inventories
    by Steen Magnussen

    Local difference estimators of variance in systematic sampling
    by Juha Heikkinen

    Evaluation of the new sampling strategy for the Swedish national forest inventory
    by Anton Grafström

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

  • 07.45


  • 08.30

    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.


  • 09.15

    The value of international cooperation

    SAR DEM differencing for biomass estimation - potential for global applications
    by Svein Solberg

    EFISCEN Space – a high-resolution, empirically-based forest simulator for Europe
    by Mart-Jan Schelhaas

    Harmonisation of stem volume estimates in European NFIs
    by Thomas Gschwantner

    The GFBI data center: Global-level integration of national and local forest inventories using BigData technology and advanced computing
    by Sergio de Miguel

    Key project outcomes of the H2020 project DIABOLO
    by Markus Lier

  • 10.30

    Break, poster display and company exhibition

  • 11.00

    Ecosystem services and policy

    Using National Forest Inventory Data to Assess Ecosystem Service Levels on Public and Private Ownerships
    by Dr. Donald G. Hodges

    Integrating the risk of natural disturbances in forest management using NFI data
    by Olalla Díaz-Yáñez

    NFI data – a proper source for policy analysis of future forest management?
    by Ljusk Ola Eriksson

    Effect of forest management practices on forest biodiversity – analyses with NFI data
    by Kari T. Korhonen

  • 12.00

    Lightning talks

  • 12.30


  • 13.30

    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+.

  • 14.15

    Carbon and mitigation

    Standing volume, dead wood and carbon dynamics in coniferous stands older than logging maturity age
    by Jogeir N. Stokland

    Simulation of Forest Reference Level under current management practice – A Suisse case study for the Greenhouse Gas Inventory
    by Esther Thürig

    Continuous NFI as a monitoring system of CC impacts onto forest growth : an exploratory analysis on coniferous tree species in France
    by Jean-Daniel Bontemps

    Using NFI-data and the Heureka system for evaluating the bioenergy potential in Swedish forests
    by Karin Öhman

    Understanding and reconciling differences between forest land use and land cover
    by Mark D. Nelson

  • 15.30

    Break, poster display and company exhibition

  • 16.00

    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.

  • 16.45

    Ecosystem services

    Remote sensing based mapping and monitoring of natural forests in Norway
    by Hans Ole Ørka

    Linking NFI to the sustainable urban development agenda – a new perspective for NFI reporting
    by Anders Busse Nielsen

    Dead wood patterns in Mediterranean forests
    by Iciar Alberdi

  • 17.30

    Lightning talks

  • 18.00

    Poster session and company exhibition

  • 19.00

    Conference dinner

    kl 20.15 The difference between knowing and not knowing
                 by Thomas Nord-Larsen

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

  • 07.45


  • 08.30

    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.

  • 09.15

    Remote sensing based countrywide wide NFI products - nice to have or must haves?

    Remote sensing based countrywide NFI products – must-haves or nice-to-haves?
    by Lars T. Waser

    A new Swedish forest attribute map predicted using 3D data from aerial images and field data from the National Forest Inventory
    by Mats Nilsson

    Mapping of potentials for biodiversity - ecosystem services at multiple scales
    by Vivian Kvist Johannsen

    Time-series models for every single 10x10m-pixel of Austrian forests – Assessing dynamics on different temporal scales
    by Markus Löw

    Estimating forest stock age using NFI field data and National Land Survey airborne laser scanning data of Finland
    by Matti Maltamo

  • 10.45

    Break, poster display and company exhibition

  • 11.15

    Proximal sensing

    XDM project, a new method for improving the quantification and mapping of the forest biomass
    by Jean-Michel Leban

    Is There A Role for Terrestrial Laser Scanning in National Forest Inventories?
    by Mark J. Ducey

    Applicability of terrestrial photogrammetry based on Structure from Motion for deriving plot-level forest parameters
    by Livia Piermattei

    Toward the development of total volume and biomass functions using terrestrial lidar and NFI data
    by Cédric Vega

    UAS-LiDAR supported forest inventories: Possibilities and limitations
    by Hollaus Markus

  • 12.30


  • 13.30

    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.

  • 14.15


    Spatial analysis of airborne laser scanning point clouds for predicting forest variables
    by Mari Myllymäki

    Utilizing remote sensing data in Germany’s national forest inventory
    by Sebastian Schnell

    Design-based mapping of forest resources from two-phase inventories
    by Piermaria Corona

    Mixed-effects models to generalize sample tree height information: implications to national forest inventories
    by Lauri Mehtätalo

    Inference under two superpopulation models for biomass assessment using a fusion of remotely sensed data
    by Svetlana Saarela

    Scalable pan-Eurpean model-assisted biomass estimation
    by Adrian Lanz

  • 15.45

    Break, poster display and company exhibition

  • 16.15


    Norway's Forest Reference Level
    by Clara Anton-Fernandez

    What data accuracy suffices for stand management decisions?
    by Jari Vauhkonen

    Using the 3PG model to project forest dynamics under different scenarios. An application to the Portuguese production forest using NFI data as input
    by Margarida Tomé

    Development of Forest Reference Levels and National Forestry Accounting Plans: the Implications for Forest and Land Use Policy in Lithuania
    by Gintaras Kulbokas

    Modelling ingrowth for empirical forest prediction systems
    by Jürgen Zell

    A Monte Carlo simulation approach to estimate historical forest-related GHG emissions in Fiji
    by Philip Mundhenk

    Effects of different Swiss NFI sampling designs regarding tree regeneration on assessing ungulate browsing
    by Andrea D. Kupferschmid

  • 18.00

    Wrap up

  • 19.00


  • 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