Canadian Forest Service Publications

Carbon Budget Model of the Canadian Forest Sector (CBM-CFS3): Archive Index Database table and parameter descriptions. 2017. Kull, S.J.; Morken, S.; Smyth, C.E.; Fellows, M. Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Northern Forestry Centre, Edmonton, Alberta. 28 p.

Year: 2017

Available from: Northern Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 37188

Language: English

CFS Availability: PDF (download)

Abstract

The Carbon Budget Model of the Canadian Forest Sector (CBM-CFS3), version 1.2, is a stand- and landscape-level modeling framework that can be used to simulate the dynamics of all forest carbon pools required under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol. It is compliant with the carbon estimation methods outlined in the guidelines of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The model is distributed free-of-charge from Natural Resources Canada, and comes with a set of default ecological parameters and data developed for forests of Canada, and these can be modified by the user, allowing for the application of the model in other countries. The Microsoft Access database housing these parameters and data is called the Archive Index Database (AIDB). The AIDB contains over 70 tables, each with varying numbers of fields populated with different types of data and parameters. This report describes the database tables and their relevance in the model, the fields they contain, any inter-table linkages, and literature related to the data or parameters in the fields. This database description will help users by increasing the transparency of the CBM-CFS3 and aiding those interested in modifying the AIDB to make it more applicable to forest ecosystems outside of Canada.

Plain Language Summary

The Carbon Budget Model of the Canadian Forest Sector (CBM-CFS3) is a tool used around the world for modeling carbon in forest ecosystems. The main database behind the model, which contains ecological data and parameters that can be applied to CBM-CFS3 projects, is called the Archive Index Database (AIDB). The AIDB includes many tables and types of data. This report describes the database tables and their relevance in the model, the fields they contain, any inter-table linkages, and any literature related to the data or parameters in the fields. This database description will help users by increasing the transparency of the CBM-CFS3 and aiding those interested in modifying the AIDB to make it more applicable to forest ecosystems outside of Canada.

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