Articles | Volume 13, issue 10
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 13, 4881–4896, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-13-4881-2021
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 13, 4881–4896, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-13-4881-2021
Data description paper
26 Oct 2021
Data description paper | 26 Oct 2021

Mapping global forest age from forest inventories, biomass and climate data

Simon Besnard et al.

Data sets

The MPI-BGC global forest age dataset S. Besnard, S. Koirala, M. Santoro, U. Weber, J. Nelson, J. Gütter, B. Herault, J. Kassi, A. N'Guessan, C. Neigh, B. Poulter, T. Zhang, and N. Carvarhais https://doi.org/10.17871/ForestAgeBGI.2021

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Short summary
Forest age can determine the capacity of a forest to uptake carbon from the atmosphere. Yet, a lack of global diagnostics that reflect the forest stage and associated disturbance regimes hampers the quantification of age-related differences in forest carbon dynamics. In this paper, we introduced a new global distribution of forest age inferred from forest inventory, remote sensing and climate data in support of a better understanding of the global dynamics in the forest water and carbon cycles.