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Vegetation Height Model NFI
Entry ID: vegetation-height-model-nfi_2016 (current)

Abstract: A national vegetation height model was calculated for Switzerland using digital aerial images. We used the stereo aerial images acquired by the Federal Office of Topography swisstopo using the ADS80 sensor to first calculate a digital surface model (DSM) with a very high spatial resolution (1 1 m). The DSM was then normalized to obtain the actual vegetation heights using a digital terrain model (DTM) based on laser data with the buildings masked out, and to produce a vegetation height model (VHM). Such a model will be calculated in the framework of the Swiss National Forest Inventory (NFI) with consistent methods and a very high level of detail. For covering the whole of Switzerland, we use summer aerial images from six years.
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 47.86   S: 45.74   E: 10.57   W: 5.92

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Christian Ginzler
Dataset Title: Vegetation Height Model NFI
Dataset Release Date: 2018-01-01T00:00:00.000Z
Dataset Release Place: Birmensdorf, Switzerland
Dataset Publisher: National Forest Inventory (NFI)
Version: 2016 (current)
Dataset Editor: Christian Ginzler
Data Presentation Form: txt,pdf,jpeg
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Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 2018-01-01
Stop Date: 2018-01-01
Access Constraints Public access to the data
Use Constraints Usage constraintes defined by the license "Other (Not Open)", see
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Data Center
Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL
Data Center URL:

Data Center Personnel
Email: envidat at
Email: christian.ginzler at
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2017-05-01
Last DIF Revision Date: 2019-04-16