Inaugural Global Forest Biodiversity Initiative Conference & GFBI-FECS Joint Symposium 2017

Forest Research in the Big Data Era

September 6-9, 2017 Beijing, China

Conference memos

The Inaugural GFBI Conference took place in Beijing, September 6-9, 2017.
The conference was attended by over 70 participants from 33 countries. Staff members from Beijing Forestry University, together with more than 40 student volunteers provided valuable service to ensure the success of the conference.


Plenary Sessions

Concurrent Sessions A0102

Elena Tikhonova

Tree diversity patterns along the latitudinal gradient in the Northwestern Russia

Susan Wiser

Using classification assignment rules to assess land use change impacts on national and regional biodiversity

Laura Zeller

Influence of forest stand structure on productivity in comparison to the effect of species identity.  A study based on global forest inventory data

Alexander C. Vibrans

Nonparametric species-richness estimators enable accurate estimates of gamma-diversity in (sub) tropical forests?

Krzysztof Stereńczak

Forest monitoring – landscape scale at the single tree level

Pascal A. Niklaus

Biodiversity effects and underlying mechanisms in a large-scale field experiment in subtropical forest



Henrik Hartmann

Global trends in tree mortality as indicator of forest health

Heinz Gallaun

Assessment of forest degradation, regeneration, deforestation and afforestation by combining high resolution satellite time series and plot based inventory data

M L Khan

Plant diversity patterns and conservation status of Eastern Himalayan forests in Arunachal Pradesh

Dmitry Schepaschenko – a global in-situ forest biomass data repository

Hans Pretzsch

The effect of species mixing on tree and stand growth. Review and perspectives

Amit Kumar

Estimating Above Ground Biomass in Higher Altitude Eastern Himalayan Forests of India using Microwave Remote Sensing

Sergio de Miguel

LiDAR as a bigdata source to improve the assessment of forest resources in NFM

David Coomes

Variation in the processes structuring forests, assessed by airborne remote sensing

Tommaso Jucker

Topography shapes the diversity, structure and carbon content of tropical forest landscapes

Concurrent Sessions A0202

Yude Pan

Forest Biodiversity, Structure Complexity and Resilience

Laura Duncanson

Comparison of Empirical Modeling Approaches for Modeling Forest Biomass with NASA’s GEDI Mission

Miho Morimoto

Forest harvest management as a climate change mitigation to sustain biodiversity in Alaska boreal forest

Pierre Ibisch

Roadless forests

Felix Finkbeiner

Trillion Tress

Andrew R. Marshall


Jingyun Fang, Zhiheng Wang

Structural characteristics of forests in China based on PKU-PSD project

Filippo Bussotti

Linking forest diversity and tree health in Europe: preliminary insights from a large-scale surveys in Italy

Douglas Sheil

How trees water our planet: forests, rain and the future

Liu Yong

Introduction on Forestry in China

Xiangdong Lei

Age-dependent effects of climate change on the growth and productivity of larch plantations using process-based model and NFI data

Sophan Chhin

Dendroclimatic analysis of white pine (Pinus strobus) provenance trials across eastern North America including the United States and Canada

Eric B. Searle and Han Y.H. Chen

Climate change-associated trends in biomass dynamics are consistent across soil drainage classes in western boreal forests of Canada

Tilak Jang Khadka

“Preserving Forest Ecosystems in Nepal by Private Forest Initiatives” In the Context of SDG 2030 Agenda

Minjee Park

Growth pattern analysis of Korean tree species using national forest inventory data

Philip Crim

Tree species identity governs foliar nutrition regardless of historic acid deposition and soil chemistry in high-elevation red spruce (Picea rubens Sarg.) forests

Eric B. Searle

Climate change-associated declines in tree longevity are related to decreasing, not increasing, growth

It is our great pleasure to announce the Inaugural GFBI Conference & Joint GFBI-FECS Symposium, to be held in Beijing, China, on September 6-9, 2017.
Forests are critical in the fight against biodiversity loss and climate change. But successful policy to govern these valuable resources necessitates a fundamental understanding of forests at a global scale. Until now, the required large-scale understanding of forest ecosystems has been based on remote sensing data. We can now supplement this information with massive ground-sourced inventory data at a global scale, which will greatly enhance our understanding of forest dynamics in a global context.
The GFBI is a global research network focused on the use of big data to enhance our fundamental understanding of the global forest system. We would like to invite you to join us in our first conference in Beijing in September 2017, which will bring together experts from around the world that are focused on the use of “big data” to understand forest systems. By combining our expertise and knowledge on a range of approaches, we hope that this conference can serve as a platform to strengthen the connections within this vibrant research community.
The Conference features: a) Opportunities to develop research collaboration with current and prospective GFBI members from around the world; b) Development of GFBI legislation and data-sharing protocols; c) Plenary and Concurrent sessions of top-tier research presentations (we accept papers/presentations from any discipline that can provide interesting contributions about the structure and dynamics of forest ecosystems, and their services to people); d) Guest speakers from UN FAO, Nature editorial board, and research institutes, etc. (the list to be confirmed in January);
Please visit our conference website and the GFBI webpage for details about registration, accommodation, and conference venues, travel documentation and updates.
Please do not hesitate to let us know if you have any questions or suggestions. We look forward to welcoming you at this conference.


Organised by

The Global Forest Biodiversity Initiative (GFBI), USA Beijing Forestry University, China

Sponsored by

Beijing Forestry University, China Forest Ecosystems Editorial Office, China

Conference Chairs

Jingjing Liang, West Virginia University, US

Thomas Crowther, NIOO-KNAW, NL

Gert-Jan Nabuurs, Wageningen University and Research, NL

Klaus v. Gadow, University of Göttingen, DE

Conference Secretariat

Xiuhai Zhao, Beijing Forestry University, CN

Benefits to participate in this Conference The sponsor of this conference offers all the participants the following benefits: – Abundant Travel awards which cover the following expenses Symposium registration; Tours in Beijing (the Great Wall and/or Forbidden City); Hotel lodging throughout the symposium; Breakfast, lunch, and dinner banquet every night; Airport pick-up and drop-off, and local commute. – A special issue of Forest Ecosystems will be dedicated to the proceedings of this Conference. All the Travel Award Receivers must submit their abstracts and manuscripts by the deadline dates. – Best papers from this Conference will receive cash awards of  US$500 each, up to a total of 16 awards Benefits to publishing in Forest Ecosystems Forest Ecosystems (ISSN 2095-6355, eISSN 2197-5620) is an international Open Access journal publishing scientific communications about the structure and dynamics of “natural” and “domesticated” forest ecosystems, and their services to people. – The publication costs ( EUR1000)  are waved and covered by Beijing Forestry University, the sponsor of this conference. – High visibility  Forest Ecosystems’s open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles as they are available to a global audience. – Speed of publication  Forest Ecosystems offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance; the article will then be available through Forest Ecosystems and SpringerOpen. – Copyright  Authors of articles retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work.

Registration & Submission

Abstract due: February 28, 2017

Registration due: August 1, 2017

Manuscript due: August 1, 2017