Forest Age Class Change Simulator (FACCS): A spreadsheet-based model for estimation of forest change and biomass availability

David C Wilson, Grant Domke, Alan R Ek

Research output: Working paper

Abstract

The Forest Age Class Change Simulator (FACCS) was developed as a spreadsheet-based model and computational tool to estimate current and future timber and biomass available under user-defined management scenarios and harvest intensities. The model relies on existing data sources and forest management information to produce forest type specific biomass estimates over multiple spatial and temporal scales. This report describes the development of the basic model and its evolution to the present Version 1.3 (dated 8/20/2013) with examples of recent model applications and potential uses. Finally, the model code in Microsoft Excel together with example parameters, run specifications and sample data is described and made available to potential users.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages28
StatePublished - Feb 23 2014

Publication series

NameStaff Paper Series
PublisherDepartment of Forest Resources, University of Minnesota
No.228

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