LACO-wiki – new online tool for land cover map validation

Now it is possible to validate your land cover map – for free, on the internet! And above that, you can share it with others to do the validation together.

Accuracy assessment, or validation, is a key process in the workflow of developing a land cover map. A new tool called LACO-Wiki makes it possible to determine the accuracy of your land cover map with a simple four step maneuver.

You start with uploading the map you have created using for example Landsat imagery. Then you create a sample for validation. Step three is to visually interpret the sample, using very high resolution satellite imagery from Google or Bing (or add your own imagery via a Web Map Service). The last step is to calculate the accuracy of the map. It’s all done online.

There is no other freely available tool for doing this online that captures the whole workflow. In the LACO-Wiki tool it is also possible to share the sample with multiple users to do the validation together.

The tool is used actively today for research and for validating European Copernicus land monitoring service high resolution layers in some countries.

There are some improvements to add to the tool. In the future it may be possible to do area estimation, validation of change detection and maybe more with LACO-Wiki, but there is still some work before that will become reality.

The creators of the LACO-Wiki tool hope to create a repository that is of value to the remote sensing community by making it possible and easy to collect and share validation data and land cover maps.


Read more here! 

Climate change subject for PhD course

Earn 5 academic credits in Toulouse! Leading researchers gathers for course in forest fires and its history.


Are you a PhD and want to know more about Nordic vegetation in a changing climate? October 2-4 you have a chance, in Toulouse in France! You can earn up to 5 academic credits when joining this intensive PhD course.

The meeting will bring together leading researchers in the Holocene and more recent history of forest fires across boreal and temporal domains of the Northern hemisphere.

The course is free of charge, but the participants are expected to pay for their travel expenses and accommodation.

Hurry up to contact Igor Drobyshev ( if you want to join the meeting, seventeen students can participate at most!

Read more about the meeting here!

Share your knowledge with NOVA funding

There is still time to apply for NOVA funding of joint Nordic PhD or Master’s courses! Last date for application is October 16.

Courses approved in this application round can run in 2018. It is possible to apply for funding of PhD courses, veterinary specialisation courses, Master’s courses exceeding EUR 5 000 and course series.

Course organizers are welcome to arrange courses to which both Master’s and PhD students are admitted. In a combined course the entry requirements, expected learning outcomes and examination methods must be treated separately for the two student groups. A combined course is NOT a course where PhD students are accepted to a Master’s course or vice versa.

NOVA University Network – The Nordic Forestry, Veterinary and Agricultural University Network – is a platform for efficient and innovative Nordic cooperation.

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Wanted: Assistant professor to University of Georgia

Warnell School of Forestry and Natural ResourcesUniversity of Georgia, is hiring an assistant professor in forest ecology and tree physiology.

The assistant is going to do some research and some teaching. Individuals with experience in the broad areas of forest ecology or tree physiology are encouraged to apply. You are supposed to have a PhD degree and at least one year of either post-doctoral training or equivalent professional experience in forest ecology or tree physiology or in a closely related forest science discipline.

Apply before September 1st. Read more here!

Womens history: Forestry reevaluated

Usually we think about big, strong men cutting down huge trees when talking about forestry in the past. But the truth is a little bit different and now a swedish researcher want to make women visible – they have had part in forestry for a long time.

Women have been part of forestry in different ways for a long time, but they didn’t gain any attention and still don’t. There is a risk that they will remain invisible if no one changes it.

– The women studying here at the forest faculty at SLU (Swedish Agricultural University) sees a lot of men, both historically and today, in forestry. But a lot of women have been working actively in the forest during the period up to 1950, says the SLU researcher and professor in forestry history Lars Östlund to

Now he wants to give a fair picture of forestry and let women be inspired by and identify with other, historical women.

Women have been working as foresters themselves, and they also were a prerequisite for developement by running the farm while the men worked in the forest. Women also worked with cooking and took care of the economy in the foresters cottages.

– We are working with interviews with the chefs who are today 80-90 years old and still remember and can tell their story. There are also documents as diaries, financial accounts, courseware and photos, says Lars Östlund to

The name of the project is The forgotten heroes of forestry and it will remain net year. It will end with an exhibition, reports written with the interviews as base and maybe there will be time to get everything together in a book.

– As a researcher it is my duty to give a more balanced and correct description of the historiography, says Lars Östlund to

Drone facilitates early discovery of weevil attack

With a drone and an infrared camera attacks of weevils is easy to discover in an early stage. By analyzing the pictures the Festman Company in Austria can find the trees that drop in chlorophyll. And the camera reveals the difference before the eye.

The earlier the forest owner can remove the attacked trees, the better she or he can combat the weevils. And that will be necessary in the future since researchers expect an increase in weevil attacks when climate changes.

Read more here!

PRESSRELEASE: SNS makes new call for networking in wood science

Bio-based economy: new financing opportunity for researchers

Are you in wood science and technology? SNS now gives you the opportunity to apply for financing of networks with the aim to promote collaboration among researchers, stakeholders and communicators from the Nordic forest sector by networking activities. The networks should cover topics within Nordic wood science and technology, including wood processing and utilisation. The topics could also be wider and deal with economic and social issues, for example how wood and fibre products contribute to a sustainable development in a circular economy.

Deadline for application submission is Monday, September 11, 2017 at 24.00 CET.


Read more at the SNS website!


Nordic Forest Research (SNS) is a co-operating body under the Nordic Council of MinistersIts main objective is to advance research in multiple, sustainable uses of forests. SNS initiates and coordinates cooperative forest research activities and contributes to Nordic benefit and political cooperation in both the Nordic region and neighbouring areas.

New SNS call: Nordic wood science and technology

arsringarSNS supports the transition to a sustainable bio-based economy – and now we do that with a new fresh call for networks within wood science and technology!


SNS wants to promote collaboration among researchers, stakeholders and communicators from the Nordic forest sector by networking activities. Therefore we now make a new call for networks that cover topics within Nordic wood science and technology, including wood processing and utilisation. The topics can also be wider and deal with economic and social issues, for example how wood and fibre products contribute to a sustainable development in a circular economy.

Researchers at research institutions in the Nordic area are eligible to apply. Communicators from forest research organisations can also apply.

Apply before September 11th if you will be networking within wood science and technology.

Read more here!

Detailed information about the call is to be found here!

Find the application form here!

Swedish organization arranges forest excursion with church

For the 114th time, the Swedish organization Skogen arranges an autumn excursion. This time together with a big Swedish forest owner, the Swedish church.

The 2017 autumn excursion will be held closeby Skövde in the middle of Sweden, and the programme is peppered! This year a few politicians are involved. There is also an element of digitalization where the participants are going to be able to engage.

The date for the excursion is September 20-21.

Read more here!

Five new NKJ-SNS networks approved

Five applications for joint financing by SNS and NKJ were approved by the board in June.

These are the ones that will get financed this time:

* BioWiseTrans Advancing the bioeconomy transition in the Nordic Region
The network will arrange three workshops, one in each Finland, Norway and Sweden. The network wants to make stakeholders part of research processes and get attention to the local initatives that helps turning the economy green.

* Dialogue Biocontrol Improving utilization of biocontrol research for practical plant protection solutions in agriculture and forestry
The network wants to promote transfer of basic research to commercially viable biocontrol solutions.

* Neonectria cankers on trees Meeting changes in climatic conditions and increased problems in Nordic horticulture and forest production by interdisciplinary networking
This network has the aim to significantly increase the knowledge on the canker diseases in horticulture and forest.

* Genes4Change Adaption, mitigation and breeding of trees and crops for future climate
The network wants to gather people from both forestry and horticulture sectors to gain strenght for both. They will try to identify gaps of knowledge and to transfer knowledge into practice.

* Fibre Ties The use of fibrous materials from biomass
The focus of the network is to share knowledge and place focus on sustainable, value-added utilization of plant fibers from the forest, agricultural and food sectors in building, textile and packaging industry.

The new networks will be financed 2018 and in one case 2018-2019. SNS and NKJ, Nordisk komité for jordbruks- og matforskning, contributes equally. The networks gets from 114 500 SEK to 444 000 SEK.