Finnish 3D tree stump modeling can assist with forest environmental impact analysis

January 5, 2015 |

In Finland, researchers have developed a new method that can produce accurate three-dimensional (3D) models of recovered stumps and root systems. These models provide new information on the impacts of stump wood energy on the carbon sink capacity of forests, the biodiversity of forest nature and the soil structure of recovery areas. Tree stumps and root systems account for approximately 15% of the energy wood harvested from Finnish forests.

The new method can be used in various stump recovery sites to gather data on the environmental impacts of forest energy. This data can be used to improve environmental impacts if necessary, and to make sure that the recovery of stump wood meets sustainability requirements.

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