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A Methodological Approach Exploiting Modern Techniques for Forest Road Network Planning

Andrea Laschi ; University of Florence GESAAF – Department of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Systems Via San Bonaventura 13 50145 Florence ITALY
Francesco Neri ; University of Florence GESAAF – Department of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Systems Via San Bonaventura 13 50145 Florence ITALY
Niccolò Brachetti Montorselli ; University of Florence GESAAF – Department of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Systems Via San Bonaventura 13 50145 Florence ITALY
Enrico Marchi ; University of Florence GESAAF – Department of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Systems Via San Bonaventura 13 50145 Florence ITALY

Fulltext: english, pdf (3 MB) pages 319-331 downloads: 306* cite
APA 6th Edition
Laschi, A., Neri, F., Brachetti Montorselli, N. & Marchi, E. (2016). A Methodological Approach Exploiting Modern Techniques for Forest Road Network Planning. Croatian Journal of Forest Engineering, 37 (2), 319-331. Retrieved from https://hrcak.srce.hr/173832
MLA 8th Edition
Laschi, Andrea, et al. "A Methodological Approach Exploiting Modern Techniques for Forest Road Network Planning." Croatian Journal of Forest Engineering, vol. 37, no. 2, 2016, pp. 319-331. https://hrcak.srce.hr/173832. Accessed 3 Apr. 2020.
Chicago 17th Edition
Laschi, Andrea, Francesco Neri, Niccolò Brachetti Montorselli and Enrico Marchi. "A Methodological Approach Exploiting Modern Techniques for Forest Road Network Planning." Croatian Journal of Forest Engineering 37, no. 2 (2016): 319-331. https://hrcak.srce.hr/173832
Harvard
Laschi, A., et al. (2016). 'A Methodological Approach Exploiting Modern Techniques for Forest Road Network Planning', Croatian Journal of Forest Engineering, 37(2), pp. 319-331. Available at: https://hrcak.srce.hr/173832 (Accessed 03 April 2020)
Vancouver
Laschi A, Neri F, Brachetti Montorselli N, Marchi E. A Methodological Approach Exploiting Modern Techniques for Forest Road Network Planning. Croatian Journal of Forest Engineering [Internet]. 2016 [cited 2020 April 03];37(2):319-331. Available from: https://hrcak.srce.hr/173832
IEEE
A. Laschi, F. Neri, N. Brachetti Montorselli and E. Marchi, "A Methodological Approach Exploiting Modern Techniques for Forest Road Network Planning", Croatian Journal of Forest Engineering, vol.37, no. 2, pp. 319-331, 2016. [Online]. Available: https://hrcak.srce.hr/173832. [Accessed: 03 April 2020]

Abstracts
A well-developed road network allows all forest activities, including wood harvesting, firefighting and recreational activities. However, forest road construction and maintenance involve economic and environmental costs. For these reasons, forest road network planning is a fundamental phase of forest management, maximising the benefits and reducing costs and impacts. Thanks to modern technologies in data collection both for terrestrial and forest characteristics, new methods and tools have been developed to improve and facilitate road planning.
The aim of this study was the development of a Decision Support System for helping managers during forest road network planning, exploiting Multi-Criteria Analysis, an Analytic Hierarchy Process and Geographic Information Systems. Three steps characterised the study:
Þ an in-depth survey of the existing forest road network
Þ an accessibility evaluation, based on a commonly applied Italian definition, taking into account the morphological characteristics of the land
Þ an estimation of the accessibility requirements through the analysis of experts’ opinions, defined as Road Needs Index, based on different factors
These phases were applied to a forest property located in northern Italy, and some improvements were proposed simulating a manager’s approach during planning. The results showed interesting features in accessibility evaluation, which identified three different classes of accessibility, represented in a map. The estimation of Road Needs Index assigned a class regarding road requirements to each forest management unit: »low«, »medium«, »high« and »very high«. This information was merged, becoming a useful tool to identify the forest areas with the highest problems in relation to the forest road network.

Keywords
forest management; GIS; Analytic Hierarchy Process; accessibility; road needs; Decision Support System

Hrčak ID: 173832

URI
https://hrcak.srce.hr/173832

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