Tuesday, February 7, 2012


We have a pleasure of presenting you with this explanatory dictionary-glossary of in-forest biomass processing related terminology. The explained terms are divided into five categories as follows: description of stand and raw material, logging, processing, haulage and units. In each of these fields, the terms are presented in alphabetical order. Where synonyms are identified, an explanation is given of the preferred term and the term which, in the authors’ opinion, is obsolete and inadequate, refers to the priority term. The interpretation of some terms is supported with illustrations in the fi gure section. This is common for the English-Czech and Czech-English parts and is to be found in the middle of the publication.

This first edition will be subject to considerable review and corrections. The most important improvements will include the addition of a new category "Time studies". The section of
terminology will be extended and some changes can be expected also in the interpretation of
some terms because intensive negotiations are currently in place at the level of standardization
institutes developing a new European standard dealing exactly with the terminology in the concerned field. The second edition will have to take into account the growing awareness, new
research results and the development of new technologies.

The explanatory dictionary-glossary is a partial outcome of the work of many prominent
scientists from around the world associated under the Project COST FP0902. In the Czech Republic, this project has also been supported by the Project COST MŠMT OC10041 assigned by the Ministry of Education, whose grant holder is Mendel University in Brno. The contents (both current and future) of this dictionary-glossary are contributed to by more than one hundred experts from 28 countries (more details see www.forestenergy.org). The aim of their efforts is to harmonize the terminology used in the fi eld of forest biomass and to unify the used units, which differ in various corners of the world, thus causing misinterpretation or misunderstanding in this intensively developing discipline.

If you are interested in this field and you would like to participate at working on the contents
of the explanatory dictionary-glossary or at work within the framework of the COST Project,
please do not hesitate to contact the holder and the chairman of the international COST FP0902 project (Dominik Röser, METLA, Finland, e-mail: dominik.roser@metla.fi ) or the holder of the national COST Project for the Czech Republic (Radomír Klvac, MENDELU, e-mail: klvac@mendelu.cz ).

On behalf of the whole team working on the projects FP0902 and OC10041,

Radomír Klvac

You can view the glossary from HERE

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