Environmental, Social & Economic Impacts programs

Potential Biomass Production & Regional Water Use of Bioenergy C4 & CAM Crops Evaluation

Current available varieties of Miscanthus and switchgrass are unsuited to semi-arid and sub-tropical/tropical climates. In order to provide a uniform basis for predicting yields for different candidate crops, this program extends the approach used to Micanthus and switchgrass viability to key tropical bioenergy crops (canes and sorghums) and to CAM crops.  This program offers an effective and proven way for modeling these scenarios. The modeling tool will allow assessment at regional and operational plant scale to evaluate impacts of land conversion on water and energy balance. A user- friendly interface will let potential users access these tools easily.


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