A spatially-explicit database of wind disturbances in European forests over the period 2000-2018

We present a database of wind disturbances in European forests (FORWIND). The data set corresponds the data presented in the paper “A spatially-explicit database of wind disturbances in European forests over the period 2000-2018” which has been submitted to Earth System Science Data (https://www.earth-system-science-data.net/).

FORWIND comprises more than 80,000 spatially delineated areas in Europe that were disturbed by wind in the period 2000-2018, and describes them in a harmonized and consistent geographical vector format.

The FORWIND dataset contains records as polygon features in shapefile format (.shp). The geometry of a feature is stored as a shape comprising a set of vector coordinates corresponding to the boundaries of the area of a given wind disturbance. Records are georeferenced in geographical coordinates, i.e. latitude and longitude, following the WGS84 standard (EPSG:4326). Basic attributes of each disturbance are provided in an associated table, stored in a .dbf file and include:

* identifier code (Id_poly)

* date of event (EventDate)

* storm name (StormName)

* type of event (EventType)

* country (Country)

* area affected [in hectares] (Area)

* perimeter [in meters] (Perimeter)

* damage degree [in %] (Damage_deg)

* acquisition method (Methods)

* data provider (Dataprovid)

* source (Source)

Missing data are reported as -999.


Correspondence to: Giovanni Forzieri (giovanni.forzieri@ec.europa.eu)