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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: RESOURCE ASSSESSMENT FRAMEWORK FOR DEPENDABLE FEEDSTOCK SUPPLY TO PRODUCE ADVANCE BIOFUELS IN HAWAII AND WESTERN UNITED STATES (2012)

Location: Grassland, Soil and Water Research Laboratory

Project Number: 6206-13610-007-12
Project Type: Reimbursable

Start Date: Oct 01, 2011
End Date: Sep 30, 2013

Objective:
1) Improve current decision making capabilities by building robust data on current practices existing agricultural systems where biomass production could be incorporated (Temple, Parlier, Mandan, Riverside); 2) Create management plans to optimize yield and stability of feedstock production (Temple, Palier, Mandan; 3) Optimize biomass stability and yield while minimizing environmental impacts at greater than field scales (Temple, Parlier, Mandan); and 4) Improve water and air resource management and optimize biomass production for other production areas in the Hawaiian Islands, Pacific Basin, and western United States (Temple, Parlier, Mandan, Hilo).

Approach:
Objective 1: Develop spatial and temporal data sets from historic data for baseline analyses. Objective 2: Simulate current management impacts on feedstock yields and resource inputs. Objective 3: Demonstrate applicability of simulation approaches with validated present practices and explore watershed scale impacts of changes. Objective 4: Improve decision support for assessment of resource conditions, and utilize parallel computing and deep hydrology water balance as needed.

Last Modified: 7/10/2014
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