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Thematic maps and data about nutrient and energy rich biomasses and their location are available in an open web service, Biomass Atlas. The service shows the amount and location of field crops and sidestreams, biodegradable waste from companies and municipalities, forest chip potential, manure and ashes. Available now also in English with updated data, the service enables users to calculate the amount of biomass in a user selected geographical area in Finland.

Biomass Atlas shows, for example, the amount and location of spring wheat. Click to enlarge.

Designed to serve many different user groups, Biomass Atlas promotes the use of renewable natural resources in many industries, such as energy, food production and bio refineries. Furthermore, it helps monitor carbon and nutrient levels. The map’s user interface is easy to use and the biomass data is updated annually, most recently this autumn.

“Accurate location data of biomass is needed for various purposes. For example, it helps plan new investments or raw material acquisition or judge the best location for new production sites,” says research scientist Eeva Lehtonen, the product owner of Biomass Atlas.

“So far, the calculations of regional biomass potential available in Biomass Atlas have been used in, for example, developing waste management, increasing renewable energy production, producing fuel, circulating nutrients from biomasses to field, and setting up a biogas facility, and its possible use cases span all industries utilizing biomass.”

Launched in Finnish in 2017, Biomass Atlas was developed by the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) together with the Finnish Environment Institute, Tapio, the University of Eastern Finland and the University of Vaasa, with funding from the Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.

Also forest biomass is highly in demand. Accurate and timely data helps plan investments. Photo: Erkki Oksanen.

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