Years Active: 2009-2014

Summary

Researchers from the Energy & Environment theme took an ecosystems services approach, at the catchment scale on the east coast of England, to predict the environmental and socio-economic outcomes of a major bioenergy programme based on low nutrient input agriculture, including short rotation coppice and tall grasses.

Three PhD studentships will together deliver an integrated soil-water-carbon-economic model of the physical, chemical and economic impacts of bioenergy crops. The work will have a participatory technology assessment element, specifically using the Deliberative Mapping methodology to appraise bioenergy resources in relation to other forms of electricity generation. The modelling work will be linked to the carbon footprinting work proposed in project 1.