Mapping wood production in European forests

Verkerk, Pieter J. and Levers, Christian and Kuemmerle, Tobias and Lindner, Marcus and Valbuena Puebla, Ruben and Verburg, Peter H. and Zudin, Sergey (2015). Mapping wood production in European forests. "Forest Ecology And Management", v. 357 ; pp. 228-238. ISSN 0378-1127.


Title: Mapping wood production in European forests
  • Verkerk, Pieter J.
  • Levers, Christian
  • Kuemmerle, Tobias
  • Lindner, Marcus
  • Valbuena Puebla, Ruben
  • Verburg, Peter H.
  • Zudin, Sergey
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Forest Ecology And Management
Date: 1 December 2015
ISSN: 0378-1127
Volume: 357
Freetext Keywords: Forest productivity; Europe; Location factors; Spatial patte rns; Disaggregation; Downscaling
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Montes (UPM)
Department: Economía y Gestión Forestal [hasta 2014]
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Wood production is an important forest use, impacting a range of other ecosystem services. However, information on the spatial patterns in wood production is limited and often available only for larger administrative units. In this study, we developed high-resolution wood production maps for European forests. We collected wood production statistics for 29 European countries from 2000 to 2010, as well as comprehensive sets of biophysical and socioeconomic location factors. We used regression analyses to produce maps indicating the harvest likelihood on a 1 × 1 km2 grid. These likelihood maps were validated using national forest inventory plot data. We then disaggregated wood production statistics from larger administrative units to the grid level using the harvest likelihood as weights. We verified the resulting wood production maps by correlating predicted and observed wood production at the level of smaller administrative units not used for generating the wood production maps. We conclude that (i) productivity, tree species composition and terrain ruggedness are the most important location factors that determine the spatial patterns of wood production at the pan-European scale and that (ii) incorporating these location factors substantially improves the results of disaggregating wood production statistics compared to a disaggregation based on forest cover only. Our wood production maps give insight into forest ecosystem service provisioning and can be used to improve the assessment of potentials and costs of woody biomass supply.

Funding Projects

FP7265104VOLANTEUnspecifiedVisions Of LANd use Transitions in Europe
FP7244122GHG EUROPEUnspecifiedGreenhouse gas management in European land use systems

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Item ID: 40931
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DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2015.08.007
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Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 31 Aug 2016 11:52
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2019 17:59
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