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.

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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.