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Research Call

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DAFM Award

DAFM National Call 2014 14/C/887 UL, (UCD) €178,162

Project Title:

Economic and Environmental Mapping of Cascade Use of Wood

Project Coordinator:

Dr. Ken Byrne

Project Abstract

Previous models of carbon storage in forest ecosystems and harvested wood products have developed independently, as have data on biomass and economic measures of the forest resource-based industry in Ireland. Lacking is a coherent picture of the interaction and interdependence of these various sectors. The CASWOOD model will merge these data streams and supplement with data on the reuse of wood resources to provide a holistic profile of the current position of carbon storage and biomass potential. This will be used to test hypothetical changes to the product stream to establish the parameters influencing the environmental and economic optimisation of forest and forest-based products in Ireland. The data and critical parameters identified in CASWOOD model will provide the foundation for an algorithm-based computer model of forest and forest-based products capable of forecasting alternative scenarios for material flows to optimize carbon storage and biomass while maximizing economic value. This will enable policy makers to develop more strategic, evidence-based guidelines for forest and forest-based resource management.

Final Report: