Sustainable Land Management for Bioenergy Crops

Nazli Uludere Aragon, Melissa Wagner, Meng Wang, Ashley Broadbent, Nathan Parker, Matei Georgescu

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We provide insights from a five year National Science Foundation project focused on the development of spatially explicit maps of sustainable, regional "hot spots" for the large scale deployment of perennial bioenergy crops (e.g., miscanthus and switchgrass) in the United States. With environmental and economic sustainability as principal constraints, our approach integrates climate, land surface, ecosystem, and economic models. We identify "hot spots" (high suitability areas) where there is evidence of atmospheric cooling without a corresponding deterioration of water resources (e.g., significant soil moisture reduction) and simulate biomass yields on marginal lands that become inputs to our economic optimization model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)379-388
Number of pages10
JournalEnergy Procedia
StatePublished - 2017
EventEuropean Geosciences Union General Assembly 2017: Energy, Resources and the Environment (ERE): Meeting the Challenges of the Future - Vienna, Austria
Duration: Apr 23 2017Apr 28 2017


  • Bioenergy
  • biofuels
  • hydro-climate
  • land cover change
  • land use
  • numerical modeling
  • sustainable land management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Energy


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