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A Spatially Explicit Decision Support System for Assessment of Tree Stump Harvest Using Biodiversity and Economic Criteria

Jönsson, Mari and Sjögren, Jörgen and Hannrup, Björn and Larsolle, Anders and Mörtberg, Ulla and Nordström, Maria and Olsson, Bengt and Strömgren, Monika (2020). A Spatially Explicit Decision Support System for Assessment of Tree Stump Harvest Using Biodiversity and Economic Criteria. Sustainability. 12 , 8900
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Stump harvesting is predicted to increase with future increasing demands for renewable energy. This may affect deadwood affiliate biodiversity negatively, given that stumps constitute a large proportion of the coarse deadwood in young managed forests. Spatial decision support for evaluating the integrated effects on biodiversity and production of stump harvesting is needed. We developed a spatially explicit decision support system (called MapStump-DSS), for assessment of tree stump harvesting using biodiversity and economic criteria together with different scenarios for biodiversity conservation and bioenergy market prices. Two novel key aspects of the MAPStump-DSS is that it (1) merges and utilizes georeferenced stump-level data (e.g., tree species and diameter) directly from the harvester with stand data that are increasingly available to forest managers and (2) is flexible toward incorporating both quantitative and qualitative criteria based on emerging knowledge (here biodiversity criteria) or underlying societal drivers and end-user preferences. We tested the MAPStump-DSS on a 45 ha study forest, utilizing harvester data on characteristics and geographical positions for >26,000 stumps. The MAPStump-DSS produced relevant spatially explicit information on the biodiversity and economic values of individual stumps, where amounts of "conflict stumps" (with both high biodiversity and economical value) increased with bioenergy price levels and strengthened biodiversity conservation measures. The MAPStump-DSS can be applied in practice for any forest site, allowing the user to examine the spatial distribution of stumps and to obtain summaries for whole forest stands. Information depicted by the MAPStump-DSS includes amounts, characteristics, biodiversity values and costs of stumps in relation to different scenarios, which also allow the user to explore and optimize biodiversity and economy trade-offs prior to stump harvest.

Authors/Creators:Jönsson, Mari and Sjögren, Jörgen and Hannrup, Björn and Larsolle, Anders and Mörtberg, Ulla and Nordström, Maria and Olsson, Bengt and Strömgren, Monika
Title:A Spatially Explicit Decision Support System for Assessment of Tree Stump Harvest Using Biodiversity and Economic Criteria
Series Name/Journal:Sustainability
Year of publishing :2020
Volume:12
Article number:8900
Number of Pages:21
Publisher:MDPI
ISSN:2071-1050
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Forest Science
Keywords:bioenergy, coniferous forest, environmental management, integrated sustainability assessment, multi-criteria analysis (MCA), sensitivity analysis
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-109335
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-109335
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Type of IDID
DOI10.3390/su12218900
Web of Science (WoS)000589244200001
ID Code:19768
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(NL, NJ) > Swedish Species Information Centre
(S) > Dept. of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies
(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Energy and Technology
(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Ecology
(S) > Dept. of Ecology

(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Soil and Environment
(S) > Dept. of Soil and Environment
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Deposited On:23 Dec 2020 09:03
Metadata Last Modified:15 Jan 2021 19:25

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