Potential productivity of forested areas based on a biophysical model. A case study of a mountainous region in northern Spain. uri icon


  • Finally, data from the National Forest Inventory (NFI) are used to compare the real and potential yield data within different regions of the studied area.
  • In a first approach, the climatic productivity is assessed by modelling the required parameters using different geostatistical techniques and software supported by GIS. A second approach includes the correction of the former productivity classes considering the different lithological facies. The potential forest productivity model involves the integration of both models.
  • The results of these analyses demonstrate the usefulness of the model, particularly in mountainous regions, where no significant differences are found between the data from the NFI and the model, but they also show the discrepancies between the estimates and real data when the latter are considered for different tree species, diameter classes or management.
  • Today's forest managers face a number of important challenges involving an increasing need for precise estimates of forest structure and biomass, potential productivity or forest growth. The objective is to develop a model for potential productivity in a mountainous region of Spain. The model combines climatic, topographic and lithological data using a variant of a traditional biophysical model: the Paterson index.

publication date

  • 2009
  • 2009