The role of data, models and tools in support of afforestation

Authors: David Palmer, Michelle Harnett
Publication: New Zealand Journal of Forestry, Volume N.Z.J.For. 2020, Issue N.Z.J.For. 65(2) 2020, pp 3-8, Aug 2020
Publisher: New Zealand Institute of Forestry

Abstract: In the Hawke’s Bay region erosion and sediment loss is a major environmental issue. A recent project looking at the potential for afforestation to control erosion has identified a range of tree species, forestry regimes, the potential economic and environmental returns of afforestation across the region, as well as comparing the economics of afforestation with agriculture. The regional resources developed as part of the project will enable objective discussions and decision-making in what is becoming an emotive and subjective social arena. Data and modelling tools and software were fundamental to the success of the project. Advances in data technology will allow even better afforestation potential analysis at much finer scale. These new technologies and ways to monitor the land and its productivity are increasingly making sustainable, complementary land management (which unites farming, plantation forestry, permanent forests and other land uses) a reality.