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EFISCEN – European Forest Information SCENario model (EFI)

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The amount of deadwood in forests (ton ha-1) in 2005 (a) and change (%) from 2005 to 2030 for the (b) baseline and (c) bio-energy scenarios as projected by the EFISCEN modelThe amount of deadwood in forests (ton ha-1) in 2005 (a) and change (%) from 2005 to 2030 for the (b) baseline and (c) bio-energy scenarios as projected by the EFISCEN model. Verkerk et al. 2011. Ecological Indicators. doi:10.1016/j.ecolind.2009.04.004.

Type of facility: Model - forest resource projection model, including national forest inventory database

Keywords: modelling, monitoring, landscape research, model, landscape model, simulation, forest inventory

Who would find this useful? Researchers, (forest) resource planners from forest or energy industry and/or national forest administrations, consultants.

"During the stay, I learned how to use the EFISCEN model, using my personal data for modelling, and prepared data for use in an article. It was a good experience for me to discuss our data with other scientists and a research group with extensive knowledge in a foreign institute."

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About the facility: The European Forest Information SCENario Model (EFISCEN) is a large-scale forest model that assesses the supply of wood and biomass from forests and projects forest resource development on regional to European scale. The model is suitable for the projection of forest resource development for a period of 50 to 60 years.

The model uses national forest inventory data as a main source of input to describe the current structure and composition of European forest resources. Based on this information, the model can project the development of forest resources, based on different scenarios. These scenarios are mainly determined by management actions, but the model can also take into account changes in forest area, as well as changes in growth e.g. due to climate change. Management is specified at two levels in the model. First, a basic management regime defines the period during which thinnings can take place and a minimum age for final fellings. Second, the demand for wood is specified and EFISCEN may fell the demanded wood volume if available. Wood demand is the main determinant of forest resource use in the model.

EFISCEN provides data on basic forest inventory data (species, area, stemwood volume, increment, mortality, age-structure), but the model includes multiple indicators related to important forest ecosystem services (carbon sequestration, biodiversity, recreation, wind and fire risk), enabling the assessment of impacts of different policy and management strategies at the national and European level.

What does the TA programme offer? Access typically consists of a 5-day visit to EFI for training on use of the EFISCEN model. After the visit, support will be provided through electronic means.

Users gain a comprehensive tool, as well as a database for:

  • analysis of sustainable forest management regimes
  • exploring wood and biomass production possibilities
  • analysis of climate-change impacts on forests
  • analysis of natural disturbances on forests
  • analysis of carbon sequestration
  • analysis of impacts of policy and management on forest ecosystem services.

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Location: Joensuu, Finland

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