Biomass Atlas | Web-based forest resource map service

Biomass Atlas | Web-based forest resource map service


Biomass Atlas is an open service which collects the location data of biomasses under one, single user interphase. Developed by Luke together with Finnish organizations SYKE, TAPIO, UEF and UVA, and by the funding of the Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, the service enables calculations of the amount of biomass in a given geographical area, as well as examining the opportunities and restrictions to utilise the biomass.
The map user interface is easy to use and allows user to watch, analyse and report biomasses from forestry, agriculture and biodegradable wastes from communities and industry. You will find approximately 300 map layers of different biomass types or land use categories in map user interface.

Based on Biomass Atlas, assessments of regional availability of biomass, procurement and logistical costs of biomass, procurement technology and optimization in Luke and other organizations have been successfully accomplished. Analyses of content of biomasses, their nutrients, energy potential, and the nutrient recycling have been optimized regionally using Biomass Atlas.
The potential to utilize biomass regionally can be assessed with focus in employment, regional economy or environmental impact. It is also possible to make scenarios, how these things will develop in the future.

The biomass data is planned to support investment decisions and sustainable use of natural resources, for example, and to help decision-makers to do sustainable energy politics. At the moment Biomass Atlas is available in Finnish. International version of Biomass Atlas will be built in cooperation with Baltic Forbio project, which starts at autumn 2017 and exports the Biomass Atlas concept to Sweden and Baltic sea countries. In Biomass Atlas you will find GIS data and maps of different biomass and land use types:

  • multisource national forest inventory data describes biomass that is growing in forests
  • forest chip potential
  • field and crop areas
  • crops and crop side streams
  • manure of production animals
  • biowaste from communities
  • biodegradable waste from companies in scale that requires environmental authorization (VAHTI-database).

Field area, crops and waste data is updated yearly. Manure data is updated when needed, and forest data approximately in every five years. All the data in Biomass Atlas is described also in Finnish metadataportal for geodata, Paikkatietohakemisto.

Type of wood
Origin of wood
Mobilization Potential
Not possible to assess.
Kind of wood concerned
Stemwood; Above and below ground woody biomass
Sustainability Potential
Positive, gives a picture of different kind of available biomasses and enhances sustainable use of natural resources
Impact on environment & biodiversity


Ease of implementation
Medium, IT skills needed
Economic impact
Positive, Atlas can be used in planning processes of different organizations including companies
Job effect
Positive, Atlas can be used in planning processes of different organizations including companies
Income effect
Positive, Atlas can be used in planning processes of different organizations including companies
Specific knowledge needed
IT skills
Key prerequisites

Web pages, see above.

Forest management, ecosystem, resilience
Challenge addressed
5.- Enhance economic and environmental performance of forest supply chains
Type of solution
Data platforms, data hubs
Digital solution
Country of origin
Scale of application
Start and end year
2017 -
Contact data
Owner or author
Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)
Eeva Lehtonen
References and Resources
Project under which this factsheet has been created