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Title: Valuation of Ecosystem Services in Alternative Bioenergy Landscape Scenarios

Abstract

Agricultural land in the Midwest is a source of food and fuel, as well as biodiversity. It is also a cause of excess nutrients that make their way to the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico. To address unsustainable changes to biogeochemical cycles and ecosystem functions, a multidisciplinary approach involving social science, natural science, and engineering is often effective. Given the potential of second-generation biofuels, and capitalizing on the deep-rooted perennial bioenergy crops capable of thriving in poor soils, we demonstrated an integrated socio-environmental analysis of the impacts of growing switchgrass within row-crop landscapes in Illinois. In this study, we model land use scenarios that incorporate switchgrass as a biofuel crop in a Midwest corn-belt watershed using the Soil Water Assessment Tool coupled with an economic analysis for the Vermilion Basin in Illinois. We estimated the values of ecosystem services under an alternative bioenergy landscape, including commodity and bioenergy crops, changes in biogeochemistry, and recreational services. The estimated annual values of nitrate and sediment reduction attributed to bioenergy crops range from $38 million to $97 million and $16,000 to $197,000, respectively. The annual value of carbon dioxide emission reduction ranges from $1.8 million to $6.1 million based on themore » initial crop rotation pattern. Estimated average annual values for wildlife viewing, water-based recreation, and pheasant hunting are $1.24 million, $0.17 million, and $0.3 million, respectively. To our knowledge, this study represents the first effort to comprehensively quantify ecosystem services using a process-based model, and estimate their value in an alternative bioenergy landscape. The information we generate could aid in understanding the potential for biomass production from marginal land and the total economic value of the landscape at various spatial scales. The framework is useful in fostering alternative bioenergy landscapes with synergies in a food, energy, and conservation nexus.« less

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) - Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO); USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
OSTI Identifier:
1499055
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1499058; OSTI ID: 1542193
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC02-06CH11357
Resource Type:
Published Article
Journal Name:
Global Change Biology. Bioenergy
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 11; Journal Issue: 6
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
carbon dioxide emission reduction; nitrate loss; nutrient recovery; sustainability; value of ecosystem services

Citation Formats

Khadka Mishra, Shruti, Negri, M. Cristina, Kozak, Justin, Cacho, Jules, Quinn, John, Secchi, Silvia, and Ssegane, Herbert. Valuation of Ecosystem Services in Alternative Bioenergy Landscape Scenarios. United States: N. p., 2019. Web. doi:10.1111/gcbb.12602.
Khadka Mishra, Shruti, Negri, M. Cristina, Kozak, Justin, Cacho, Jules, Quinn, John, Secchi, Silvia, & Ssegane, Herbert. Valuation of Ecosystem Services in Alternative Bioenergy Landscape Scenarios. United States. doi:10.1111/gcbb.12602.
Khadka Mishra, Shruti, Negri, M. Cristina, Kozak, Justin, Cacho, Jules, Quinn, John, Secchi, Silvia, and Ssegane, Herbert. Sat . "Valuation of Ecosystem Services in Alternative Bioenergy Landscape Scenarios". United States. doi:10.1111/gcbb.12602.
@article{osti_1499055,
title = {Valuation of Ecosystem Services in Alternative Bioenergy Landscape Scenarios},
author = {Khadka Mishra, Shruti and Negri, M. Cristina and Kozak, Justin and Cacho, Jules and Quinn, John and Secchi, Silvia and Ssegane, Herbert},
abstractNote = {Agricultural land in the Midwest is a source of food and fuel, as well as biodiversity. It is also a cause of excess nutrients that make their way to the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico. To address unsustainable changes to biogeochemical cycles and ecosystem functions, a multidisciplinary approach involving social science, natural science, and engineering is often effective. Given the potential of second-generation biofuels, and capitalizing on the deep-rooted perennial bioenergy crops capable of thriving in poor soils, we demonstrated an integrated socio-environmental analysis of the impacts of growing switchgrass within row-crop landscapes in Illinois. In this study, we model land use scenarios that incorporate switchgrass as a biofuel crop in a Midwest corn-belt watershed using the Soil Water Assessment Tool coupled with an economic analysis for the Vermilion Basin in Illinois. We estimated the values of ecosystem services under an alternative bioenergy landscape, including commodity and bioenergy crops, changes in biogeochemistry, and recreational services. The estimated annual values of nitrate and sediment reduction attributed to bioenergy crops range from $38 million to $97 million and $16,000 to $197,000, respectively. The annual value of carbon dioxide emission reduction ranges from $1.8 million to $6.1 million based on the initial crop rotation pattern. Estimated average annual values for wildlife viewing, water-based recreation, and pheasant hunting are $1.24 million, $0.17 million, and $0.3 million, respectively. To our knowledge, this study represents the first effort to comprehensively quantify ecosystem services using a process-based model, and estimate their value in an alternative bioenergy landscape. The information we generate could aid in understanding the potential for biomass production from marginal land and the total economic value of the landscape at various spatial scales. The framework is useful in fostering alternative bioenergy landscapes with synergies in a food, energy, and conservation nexus.},
doi = {10.1111/gcbb.12602},
journal = {Global Change Biology. Bioenergy},
number = 6,
volume = 11,
place = {United States},
year = {2019},
month = {6}
}

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DOI: 10.1111/gcbb.12602

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