Pantropical distribution of short-rotation woody plantations under current and future climate

Schulze, K., Malek, Ž., Shchepashchenko, D. ORCID:, Lesiv, M. ORCID:, Fritz, S. ORCID:, & Verburg, P.H. (2023). Pantropical distribution of short-rotation woody plantations under current and future climate. 10.34894/T3A3RM.

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Project: Integrating human agency in global-scale land change models (GLOLAND, FP7 311819)


Short-rotation woody plantations (SRWPs) play a major role in climate change mitigation and adaptation plans, because of their high yields of woody biomass and fast carbon storage. However, their benefits, trade-offs and growing-success are heavily location-dependent. Therefore, spatial data on the distribution of SRWPs are indispensable for assessing current distribution, trade-offs with other uses and potential contributions to climate mitigation. As current global datasets lack reliable information on SRWPs and full global mapping is difficult, we provide a consistent and systematic approach to estimate the spatial distribution of SRWPs in (sub-)tropical biomes under current and future climate. We combined three advanced methods (maximum entropy, random forest and multinomial regression) to evaluate spatially explicit probabilities of SRWPs. As inputs served a large empirical dataset on SRWP observations and 17 predictor variables, covering biophysical and socio-economic conditions. This dataset can help adding a more nuanced treatment of mitigation options and forest management in research on biodiversity and land use change.

Item Type: Data
Additional Information: CC0
Research Programs: Advancing Systems Analysis (ASA)
Advancing Systems Analysis (ASA) > Novel Data Ecosystems for Sustainability (NODES)
Biodiversity and Natural Resources (BNR)
Biodiversity and Natural Resources (BNR) > Agriculture, Forestry, and Ecosystem Services (AFE)
Strategic Initiatives (SI)
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Depositing User: Luke Kirwan
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2024 07:59
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2024 07:59

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