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Allometric biomass and carbon factors database

Z Somogyi (1-2), M Teobaldelli (1)   , S Federici (1), G Matteucci (3), V Pagliari (1), G Grassi (1), G Seufert (1)

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 1, Issue 3, Pages 107-113 (2008)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor0463-0010107
Published: Jul 09, 2008 - Copyright © 2008 SISEF

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The “Allometric, Biomass and Carbon factors” database (ABC factors database) was designed to facilitate the estimation of the biomass carbon stocks of forests in order to support the development and the verification of greenhouse gas inventories in the LULUCF sector (Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry). The database contains several types of expansion, conversion and combined factors, by various tree species or species groups that can be used to calculate biomass or carbon of forests of Eurasian region from proxy variables (e.g., tree volume) that may come from forest inventories. In addition to the factors, and depending on the information that was available in the cited source, the database indicates: (1) the biomass compartments involved when the factor was developed; and (2) the possible applicability of the factor, e.g. by country or by ecological regions. The applicability of the factors is either suggested by the source itself, or the type of source (e.g. National Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report), or was based on the expert judgement by the compilers of the database. Finally, in order to facilitate the selection of the most appropriate of the data, the web-based interface provides the possibility to compare several factors that may come from different sources. The ABC factors database is freely available at the URL: http://afoludata.jrc.it/data_fs.cfm, in the web site AFOLU-DATA, funded and hosted by the Joint Research Centre (European Commission, DG-JRC).


Greenhouse Gas Inventory, LULUCF, AFOLU, Climate Change, Forest Inventory, Kyoto Protocol, UNFCCC, BEF, Database

Authors’ address

Z Somogyi
M Teobaldelli
S Federici
V Pagliari
G Grassi
G Seufert
European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Climate Change Unit, I-21027 Ispra, VA (Italy)
Z Somogyi
Hungarian Forest Research Institute, Frankel L. u. 42-44, H-1023 Budapest (Hungary)
G Matteucci
Istituto per i Sistemi Agricoli e Forestali del Mediterraneo, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, I-87036 Rende, CS (Italy)

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Somogyi Z, Teobaldelli M, Federici S, Matteucci G, Pagliari V, Grassi G, Seufert G (2008). Allometric biomass and carbon factors database. iForest 1: 107-113. - doi: 10.3832/ifor0463-0010107

Paper history

Received: Feb 18, 2008
Accepted: Apr 09, 2008

First online: Jul 09, 2008
Publication Date: Jul 09, 2008
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