1. Description of Work (2011)


The service is entitled “mapping biomass potential for forested areas”.


Involved partners and contacts: the partner in charge of the development of the product and the service is DLR - Markus Tum (markus.tum(-at-)dlr.de

Prime-user: the Eberswalde Forestry Competence Centre, Germany

Expectations of the prime-users: Biomass of forested areas is currently used for energetic and material purposes; an increase use is expected for substituting fossil fuels. In addition, the cultivation of short rotation forests as biofuel resource will get more attention in the next years. Therefore, a reliable and automatic method for estimating the growth of forested areas becomes more and more attractive especially when large areas are investigated. New method for estimating biomass potential based on modelling, remote sensing data and meteorological data is expected to help regular assessment of forest biomass in Brandenburg. The development of this new method is expected to support a sustainable, economic and ecological development of a region in respect to timber and energy production.

Objectives of the service: Provide maps of the net primary productivity and total stem of forested areas at European NUTS-3 level.

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Innovation: The new method will give the possibility of an efficient and area-wide information flow based on remote sensing techniques and will present a tool for consulting politic and public. In addition, the new method will help the accounting of the carbon cycle which will be a reporting obligation within climate conventions in the near future. Also the increasing interest in ecological and sustainable renewable energy production will be supported by the new method.