Understanding ‘wood basket’s’ and their current and potential future wood supply often underpin forest investment strategies. In some countries, public information on plantation areas, species and tending regimes are compiled from grower surveys. The granularity of such data is sufficient to highlight broad regional trends, but for reasons of confidentiality can omit spatial boundaries, species and regime information. Such information quickly dates, especially in locations where plantation rotations are short, where harvest levels are high, or unexpected fire losses occur.
Our team at Indufor Asia Pacific describes the applications in their article.