Development of a Geo-Information System for the Potential Forestry Biomass Management

This pilot action’s main objective concerns the development of tools to support decision-making processes related to forestry biomass management, especially potential biomass production and work planning.  The new technologies, particularly the Geographic Information Systems (GIS), are very effective tools for analyzing and overlaying the different characteristics of large territorial areas. Forest area management can benefit from GIS use, not only in assessing the present situation but also through the possibility of scenario building to assist the decision-making processes. The specificity of territorial forest biomass exploration, mainly related to raw material availability, dispersion and infrastructure disposition (road networks and potential consumption and storage points), is a particularly sensitive area for the application of GIS solutions. The assessment of biomass availability and the cost of its transport (probably the main price building activity of the biomass exploration chain) can largely benefit from this type of technology.

Other advantages of these systems include their modularity and capability for normalization. The first case allows for the adaptation of the systems to different situations and realities, whereas the second one permits the establishment of a common methodological basis that allows for the simplification of processes and the possible enhancement of the users base, even within non-regular GIS users.