Innovative methods for monitoring and inventory of Danube floodplain forests

Objectives and planned results

Main object of the project is to develop innovative methods and support a common approach in forest monitoring in Danube floodplain area influenced by (hydroelectric) hydro-power plant at Gabcikovo according to mutual cross-border commitments of Hungary and Slovakia

The project implementation will contribute to the first Programme’s specific objectives “Enhanced economic competitiveness in the border region” through achievement of the following project results:

  • Improvement of science and research infrastructure: completing the remote sensing laboratories at NLC Zvolen and NYME Sopron;
  • Coordinated the use of cross-border research infrastructure - shared use of lidar technology; Lidar technology of the lead partner will be shared during airborne scanning the Danube inundation area, collaborative evaluation of methods for lidar data processing, harmonization of software infrastructure, and sharing algorithms developed for processing lidar data;
  • Stronger cooperation among partner institutions: outputs will improve forest monitoring and inventory procedures; an unified forest ecosystem surveying for the framework of Complex monitoring of WD’s environmental impacts will be drafted and proposed (according international "Agreement between the Governments of Hungary and Slovakia on some temporary technical measures and water volumes to flow into the Danube and the Mosoni branch of the Danube on 19 April 1995); will be also exploitable in other ecosystem surveys, particularly in research of habitats, assessing the naturalness and mapping disruptive events through structural changes in forest stands;
  • Interest of forest management companies in the project results has been confirmed (application of lidar in obtaining dendrometric variables for forest management planning processes);
  • Implementation of activities aimed at building partnerships between the participating organizations by organizing project meetings and the scientific seminar.

This project is implemented with the financial assistance from the European Union through ERDF under the Cross-Border Cooperation Programme Hungary-Slovakia 2007–2013 (
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