Moving the growing bioenergy industry toward greater sustainability requires careful consideration of the life cycle impact of various biomass production options and their placement on the landscape.
The System Performance Metrics, Data Collection, Modeling, Analysis and Tools research team is working on providing detailed analyses of feedstock production options and an accompanying set of spatial models to enhance the ability of policymakers, farmers, and the bioenergy industry to make informed decisions about which bioenergy feedstocks to grow, where to produce them, what environmental impacts they will have, and how biomass production systems are likely to respond to and contribute to climate change or other environmental shifts.
System Performance Project Directors
System Performance Collaborators
- Fernando Miguez, Iowa State University
- John Sheehan, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
- Tracy Twine, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities