Forests play an important role in the global carbon flow. They can store carbon and can also provide wood which can be substituted for other combustible materials, like fossil fuels. However, the pressures on the forest are growing, as the value of and demand for forest products grows.
Therefore it has never been more important to improve our understanding of the forest ecosystems and devise sustainable management strategies, both as sinks for carbon and as potential providers of fuel for energy.
FEM in 2013 investigated how biomass stock, harvests, and increments will develop under different climate scenarios and two management scenarios:
FEM also looked at the sectoral competition in terms of energy and material use.
The aim of the project was to analyze two contrary and yet sustainable forest management options under the influence of climate change: maximization of forest stock and maximization of forest increment. More
A new study, which analyzed future woody biomass resource availability plus sectoral competition for biomass for energy and material use, showed the key question for biomass energy use not to be the amount of resources available but rather their accessibility and thus their price. More
Last edited: 11 June 2014
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