Monday, November 2, 2009: 10:00 AM
Convention Center, Room 336, Third Floor
Developing capabilities to estimate current and future feedstocks includes many developmental components. In the most general sense, we need to estimate (a) what, (b), where, and (c) how much. This entails estimating the current land resource base, existing feedstocks, amount of feedstock that can be sustainably removed, future adoption of feedstocks based on economic incentives, what land uses will be displaced, and where newly established feedstocks will be located. Field trials, satellite remote sensing images, economic modeling, and agronomic and ecological modeling are all needed to estimate feedstock availability and optimize the management of feedstocks for environmental sustainability. Methods used to estimate current and future feedstocks will be outlined and compared. Results of feedstock estimates using integrative methods will be presented, and future research will be discussed.