FlorNExT®, a cloud computing application to estimate growth and yield of maritime pine (Pinus pinaster Ait.) stands in Northeastern Portugal

Fernando Pérez-Rodríguez, Luis Nunes, Ângelo Sil, João Azevedo

Abstract


Aim of the study: To introduce and describe FlorNExT®, a free cloud computing application to estimate growth and yield of maritime pine (Pinus pinaster Ait.) even-aged stands in the Northeast of Portugal (NE Portugal).

Area of study: NE Portugal.

Material and methods: FlorNExT® implements a dynamic growth and yield modelling framework which integrates transition functions for dominant height (site index curves) and basal area, as well as output functions for tree and stand volume, biomass, and carbon content.

Main results: FlorNExT® is freely available from any device with an Internet connection at: http://flornext.esa.ipb.pt/.

Research highlights: This application has been designed to make it possible for any stakeholder to easily estimate standing volume, biomass, and carbon content in maritime pine stands from stand data, as well as to estimate growth and yield based on four stand variables: age, density, dominant height, and basal area. FlorNExT® allows planning thinning treatments. FlorNExT® is a fundamental tool to support forest mobilization at local and regional scales in NE Portugal.

Keywords: forest management; maritime pine; forest modelling; knowledge transfer tool.


Keywords


forest management; maritime pine; modelling tool

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DOI: 10.5424/fs/2016252-08975

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