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Title: Global Simulation of Bioenergy Crop Productivity: Analytical framework and Case Study for Switchgrass

Contemporary global assessments of the deployment potential and sustainability aspects of biofuel crops lack quantitative details. This paper describes an analytical framework capable of meeting the challenges associated with global scale agro-ecosystem modeling. We designed a modeling platform for bioenergy crops, consisting of five major components: (i) standardized global natural resources and management data sets, (ii) global simulation unit and management scenarios, (iii) model calibration and validation, (iv) high-performance computing (HPC) modeling, and (v) simulation output processing and analysis. A case study with the HPC- Environmental Policy Integrated Climate model (HPC-EPIC) to simulate a perennial bioenergy crop, switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) and global biomass feedstock analysis on grassland demonstrates the application of this platform. The results illustrate biomass feedstock variability of switchgrass and provide insights on how the modeling platform can be expanded to better assess sustainable production criteria and other biomass crops. Feedstock potentials on global grasslands and within different countries are also shown. Future efforts involve developing databases of productivity, implementing global simulations for other bioenergy crops (e.g. miscanthus, energycane and agave), and assessing environmental impacts under various management regimes. We anticipated this platform will provide an exemplary tool and assessment data for international communities to conduct globalmore » analysis of biofuel biomass feedstocks and sustainability.« less
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  1. University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK)
  2. {Cyber Sciences} [ORNL
  3. ORNL
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Journal Article
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Journal Name: GCB Bioenergy; Journal Volume: 6
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
Sponsoring Org:
ORNL Program Development
Country of Publication:
United States