Irish Wood Fuel Database

Introduction


This database was developed by the Waterford Institute of Technology to provide industry, researchers and interested organisations with information on the biomass properties of tree species growing in Ireland.


The information that populates the database was collected from the felling and destructive sampling of specimen trees. It is presented in an online web-based format, where users can query parameters to view specific data as graphics, download figures, and also tables of the underlying data, which is all freely available.


Background Information




Parameters described in the database


Tree Sampling Partitions


Stem
The stem partition includes both the wood and bark of the merchantable stem (≥ 7 cm diameter). This does not include branches.
Top
The top partition can be defined as the wood and bark obtained from the un-merchantable stem section of the tree, i.e. ≤ 7 cm. This does not include branches.
Wood
The wood partition can be defined as the wood remaining after the bark has been removed from the merchantable stem (≥ 7 cm diameter).
Bark
The bark partition is bark only which was removed from the merchantable stem.
Branch
The branch partition comprises of the wood and bark of the branches of the tree. These branches were connected to both the merchantable and un-merchantable stem. Branch material is further described as live or dead under the 'condition' header in the raw data.
Foliage
The leaf partition can be defined as leaf or needles (depending on species) removed from the branches.