This is a pan-European map of living forest above-ground carbon. The map was implemented following IPCC Tier 1 method. Maps of forest biomass stock and carbon are relevant for quantifying terrestrial carbon storage and carbon sinks as well as for estimating potential emissions from land cover changes (afforestation, deforestation, reforestation), forest fragmentation and biotic (pests) and abiotic (e.g. forest fires, windstorms) disturbances.
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European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC) (2014): European map of forest above-ground carbon. European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC) [Dataset] PID: http://data.europa.eu/89h/71a38170-4a68-443c-9425-cd713c85291d
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The map relies of the IPCC Tier 1 method and represents spatially-explicit biomass and carbon stock on forested land disaggregated at 1 km grid size. IPCC Tier 1 method applied to forest biomass requires two types of input data. First, maps of forest types (CORINE land cover) and the map FAO’s map of Global Ecological Zones for the Global Forest. Secondly, several average amounts and factors sourced from the IPCC report on Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories (IPCC, 2006).