Developing a Spatially-Explicit Pan-European Dataset of Forest Biomass Increment. Busetto, L.; Barredo, J. I.; and San-Miguel-Ayanz, J. In 22nd European Biomass Conference and Exhibition, pages 41–46.
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Among the services provided by forest ecosystems, biomass is one of the most important. Nevertheless, spatially explicit data on forest biomass increment is rarely available for large regions. Thus the aim of this study is to develop a methodology for the spatial assessment of forest biomass increment at the panEuropean level. To address this aim, we used MODIS GPP data (NASA Product MOD17A3) adjusted with GPP data derived from upscaling FLUXNET observations using the Model Tree Ensemble (MTE) technique (Jung et al., 2011) to derive a 1 km resolution woody biomass increment map. The map was validated using regional information from the most recent publicly available National Forest Inventories data of several European countries, highlighting a good agreement between estimated and observed data. The resulting map is a useful baseline for a number of applications dealing with potential supply of energy from forests in Europe, including mobilisation scenarios that consider current environmental, technical and social constraints. [Excerpt: Conclusions] The main achievement of the study conducted is the implementation of a seamless wall-to-wall spatially-explicit dataset of AGBiw (above ground woody forest biomass increment) for Europe. Previous studies assessing bioenergy potential estimations have made use of direct measures of plant productivity (GPP, NPP) [17, 18]. In our method we went one step further by providing a measure of woody biomass increment by excluding tree roots and leaves and by validating the dataset using NFI data. To our knowledge this is the first dataset produced with the above-mentioned characteristics. The dataset represents a valuable baseline for studies aimed at the development of pan-European maps of forest bioenergy potential, following methodologies similar to those proposed in some recent studies (e.g. [5]). [\n] The dataset developed as a result of the study is a useful contribution towards a more comprehensive understanding of the services provided by forest ecosystems regarding biomass. In addition, the dataset offers first of all the possibility of assessing from a spatial perspective the amount of biomass that could be felled and removed from European forests from a sustainable perspective. Moreover, it can be used to support the discussion on public and private goods provided by forests and on the assessment of trade-offs between different uses of resources facilitating an improved targeting of policy measures. [\n] Future activities regarding this research topic could be aimed at devising a technique for reducing the problems introduced in AGBiw mapping by the coarse resolution of the underlying MODIS land cover map. In addition ground sample measures of forest biomass increment could be used in order to gain further insights regarding the spatial accuracy of the created map at the local scale.
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  title = {Developing a Spatially-Explicit Pan-{{European}} Dataset of Forest Biomass Increment},
  booktitle = {22nd {{European Biomass Conference}} and {{Exhibition}}},
  author = {Busetto, L. and Barredo, J. I. and San-Miguel-Ayanz, J.},
  date = {2014},
  pages = {41--46},
  doi = {10.5071/22ndEUBCE2014-1AO.8.1},
  url = {https://doi.org/10.5071/22ndEUBCE2014-1AO.8.1},
  abstract = {Among the services provided by forest ecosystems, biomass is one of the most important. Nevertheless, spatially explicit data on forest biomass increment is rarely available for large regions. Thus the aim of this study is to develop a methodology for the spatial assessment of forest biomass increment at the panEuropean level. To address this aim, we used MODIS GPP data (NASA Product MOD17A3) adjusted with GPP data derived from upscaling FLUXNET observations using the Model Tree Ensemble (MTE) technique (Jung et al., 2011) to derive a 1 km resolution woody biomass increment map. The map was validated using regional information from the most recent publicly available National Forest Inventories data of several European countries, highlighting a good agreement between estimated and observed data. The resulting map is a useful baseline for a number of applications dealing with potential supply of energy from forests in Europe, including mobilisation scenarios that consider current environmental, technical and social constraints. 

[Excerpt: Conclusions] The main achievement of the study conducted is the implementation of a seamless wall-to-wall spatially-explicit dataset of AGBiw (above ground woody forest biomass increment) for Europe. Previous studies assessing bioenergy potential estimations have made use of direct measures of plant productivity (GPP, NPP) [17, 18]. In our method we went one step further by providing a measure of woody biomass increment by excluding tree roots and leaves and by validating the dataset using NFI data. To our knowledge this is the first dataset produced with the above-mentioned characteristics. The dataset represents a valuable baseline for studies aimed at the development of pan-European maps of forest bioenergy potential, following methodologies similar to those proposed in some recent studies (e.g. [5]).

[\textbackslash n] The dataset developed as a result of the study is a useful contribution towards a more comprehensive understanding of the services provided by forest ecosystems regarding biomass. In addition, the dataset offers first of all the possibility of assessing from a spatial perspective the amount of biomass that could be felled and removed from European forests from a sustainable perspective. Moreover, it can be used to support the discussion on public and private goods provided by forests and on the assessment of trade-offs between different uses of resources facilitating an improved targeting of policy measures. [\textbackslash n] Future activities regarding this research topic could be aimed at devising a technique for reducing the problems introduced in AGBiw mapping by the coarse resolution of the underlying MODIS land cover map. In addition ground sample measures of forest biomass increment could be used in order to gain further insights regarding the spatial accuracy of the created map at the local scale.},
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