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Database on Forest Disturbances in Europe

Latest version published by European Forest Institute on Dec 15, 2015 European Forest Institute

The Database on Forest Disturbances in Europe (DFDE) allows searching historic information about forest damage caused by wind, fire, animals, and diseases. The DFDE has been elaborated by Alterra and European Forest Institute. The dataset shared here contains a subset of the data for occurrence of biotic agents only, i.e., mammals, insects and fungi. Abiotic agents are not included in this dataset. Also full information on the extent of damage has been excluded. The dataset here has been georeferenced automatically using GeoLocate and the geographic coordinates have been checked only where so indicated. Please report corrections to the resource contact. Look for to access the entire database. The content of the database has been last updated in 2002. Future updates are possible -- please indicate interest in such project.

Data Records

The data in this occurrence resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 6,628 records.

This IPT archives the data and thus serves as the data repository. The data and resource metadata are available for download in the downloads section. The versions table lists other versions of the resource that have been made publicly available and allows tracking changes made to the resource over time.


Download the latest version of this resource data as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A) or the resource metadata as EML or RTF:

Data as a DwC-A file download 6,628 records in English (173 KB) - Update frequency: not planned
Metadata as an EML file download in English (6 KB)
Metadata as an RTF file download in English (6 KB)


The table below shows only published versions of the resource that are publicly accessible.

How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Schelhaas, M.-J., Schuck, A. & Varis, S. 2003. Database on forest disturbances in Europe. EFI Internal Reports 14, 44 p. Joensuu, Finland.


Researchers should respect the following rights statement:

The publisher and rights holder of this work is European Forest Institute. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) 4.0 License.

GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 83b06552-5fb7-46b5-9b9c-aaa724e3ae71.  European Forest Institute publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by GBIF Finland.


Checklist; Observation


Who created the resource:

Mart-Jan Schelhaas
Alterra Droevendaalsesteeg 4 6708 PB Wageningen NL +31 317 485884

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Hannu Saarenmaa
Project Manager
Digitarium Länsikatu 15 80100 Joensuu FI +358-50-4479668

Who filled in the metadata:

Simo Varis
System Administrator
European Forest Institute Torikatu 34 80100 Joensuu FI +358 10 773 4326

Who else was associated with the resource:

Mart-Jan Schelhaas
Resaerch Scientist
Alterra Droevendaalsesteeg 4 6708 PB Wageningen NL

Geographic Coverage

Geographic Europe

Bounding Coordinates South West [33, -25], North East [72, 60]

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 1449-01-01 / 2002-01-01

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers 83b06552-5fb7-46b5-9b9c-aaa724e3ae71