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Biomass functions from austrian single tree data

The Austrian Federal Environment Agency (Dr Peter Weiss) has taken the opportunity of the CarboInvent Project to refine the biomass expansion factors for Austrian forests. Based on data archives and data evaluations of Austrian data, scientists from the University of Agriculture in Vienna (BOKU; Prof Eckmullner and Prof Hochbichler), from the Forest Research Center Vienna (BFW; Dr Neumann, Dr Schadauer), and from the University of Innsbruck (Prof Cernusca) together with the Forest Administration of Tyrol (Dr Stohr) a new suite of biomass expansion functions was derived. The developed functions cover spruce, pine, fir, larch, beech, oak, hornbeam and are specific for Austrian (Central European) growth regions.

The results are in the pipeline for publication in a special issue of the Austrian Journal of Forest Science and are used for Carbon Reporting Purposes, when data from the Austrian Forest Inventory are used to calculate C stocks in Austrian forest ecosystems. The estimated terrestrial C pool is from now on based on improved data and is therefore better than previous ones.

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Federal Research and Training Centre for Forests
Seckendorff Gudent Weg 8
1130 WIEN
Austria
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