European forests are considered a crucial resource for supplying biomass to a growing bio-economy in Europe. This study aimed to assess the potential availability of forest biomass from European forests and its spatial distribution. We tried to answer the questions (i) how is the potential forest biomass availability spatially distributed across Europe and (ii) where are hotspots of potential forest biomass availability located?
Verkerk from EFI et. al analysed the total availability of forest biomass and spatial distribution of woody biomass potential for 39 European countries. They found out that the distribution of biomass potentials that are currently unused only partially coincides with regions that currently have high levels of wood production.
Figure 1: Comparison of the BASE, TECH, HIGH and BIOD forest biomass potentials in 39 European countries