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A Geographical Information Approach for Forest Maintenance Operations with Emphasis on the Drainage Infrastructure and Culverts

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Department of Forestry and Management of the Environment and Natural Resources, Democritus University of Thrace, 193 Pantazidou St., 68200 Orestiada, Greece
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Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, Agricultural University of Athens, 75 Iera odos St., 11855 Athens, Greece
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Department of Forestry and Natural Environment, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 54124 Thessaloniki, Greece
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Department of Environmental Sciences, Wageningen University & Research, Droevendaalsesteeg 3, 6708 PB Wageningen, The Netherlands
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Region of Epirus, Governor’s Office, 45221 Ioannina, Greece
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Academic Editor: Dimitrios Myronidis
Water 2021, 13(10), 1408; https://doi.org/10.3390/w13101408
Received: 1 April 2021 / Revised: 14 May 2021 / Accepted: 15 May 2021 / Published: 18 May 2021
Forest operations engineering deals with all the essential infrastructure operations aiming at the efficient management of forested areas, which constitutes a prerequisite for the development of mountainous economies. Thus, the need for addressing this objective in an effective way, in conjunction with other issues associated with the protection and preservation of forest wealth, is of utmost importance. There are a whole range of forest operations for which a decision-making web-tool can potentially be utilized. This paper introduces an online decision-making tool for managing forest roads, which uses information derived from rainfall-runoff simulation. The proposed tool can be used to provide information about forest works maintenance and damage prevention in a forest environment. Furthermore, the tool assists in visualizing forest operations and achieves the optimization of their management. The development of the decision-making tool is also described, and a real case study (the Koupa watershed) is presented in detail to demonstrate its application and resulting advantages. The rainfall-runoff simulation was conducted for ten sub-basins in order to evaluate the efficiency of the corresponding culverts in the Koupa watershed. View Full-Text
Keywords: forest operations engineering and management; web-platform; maintenance operations; decision making; GIS; HEC-GeoHMS; HEC-HMS forest operations engineering and management; web-platform; maintenance operations; decision making; GIS; HEC-GeoHMS; HEC-HMS
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Kantartzis, A.; Malesios, C.; Stergiadou, A.; Theofanous, N.; Tampekis, S.; Arabatzis, G. A Geographical Information Approach for Forest Maintenance Operations with Emphasis on the Drainage Infrastructure and Culverts. Water 2021, 13, 1408. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13101408

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Kantartzis A, Malesios C, Stergiadou A, Theofanous N, Tampekis S, Arabatzis G. A Geographical Information Approach for Forest Maintenance Operations with Emphasis on the Drainage Infrastructure and Culverts. Water. 2021; 13(10):1408. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13101408

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Kantartzis, Apostolos, Chrisovalantis Malesios, Anastasia Stergiadou, Nikolas Theofanous, Stergios Tampekis, and Garyfallos Arabatzis. 2021. "A Geographical Information Approach for Forest Maintenance Operations with Emphasis on the Drainage Infrastructure and Culverts" Water 13, no. 10: 1408. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13101408

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