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The Biomass-carbon translator - a web-tool in support of terrestrial carbon sink estimates under the Kyoto protocol

The database of Allometric Biomass and Carbon (ABC) factors was developed by JRC under WP2 of the Carboinvent project in collaboration with the JRC institutional Action GHG Data (2211, see in order to support assessment of carbon stocks (and stock changes) on the basis of inventories of timber volumes or growing stock as available normally from National Forest Inventories (NFIs). The database is available and maintained under the web based information system of the abovementioned JRC Action:

It contains several types of factors (e.g., wood density, expansion factors, carbon fractions, water content), which are selected depending on the availability of initial values to be converted and/or expanded ("from what") and on the target values to be achieved ("to what"). The biomass compartments considered are the ones proposed by the IPCC Good Practice Guidance for LULUCF (see

The database is accessible to the public through its download mask, where any user can query the database and download selected datasets, and the upload mask, where registered users can insert data. As up to end of 2005, the database contains some 400 datasets focussed on European forests. Users are encouraged to enhance the value of the database by providing own datasets.

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