Supply chain of forest products supported by spatial information systems

Remote sensing – commercial wood species – tree mapping – satellite image – spatial modelling

Project objectives

To optimise regional wood production to a sustainable forest management, detailed information of the spatial distribution of tree species within that region needs to be coupled to supply chain data.

A methodology is being developed on a European scale with focus on France, Luxembourg, Belgium and Germany. The objective is to look whether spatial changes in beech, oak and spruce, due to strategic management decisions and changing wood processing markets, cause significant shifts in the supply chain of related products. Therefore supply-chain network optimisation and spatial modelling techniques will be coupled (strategic linear programming, heuristic programming, agent-based modelling).

Supply chain of forest products