Jenifer L. Wightman
Cornell University
Land use, land-use change and forestryBioenergyBiomassGreenhouse gasBiofuel
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#1Jenifer L. Wightman (Cornell University)H-Index: 3
#2Peter B. Woodbury (Cornell University)H-Index: 19
Since the industrial revolution, human population and fossil energy consumption have steadily increased. With concerns over fossil energy impact on air quality and global climate, there is increasing interest in collection and conversion of non-fossil energy feedstocks. These finite renewable feedstocks (biomass, solar, wind) provide a challenge based on their land-limited supply and temporal availability. Consequently, society needs methodologies to increase end-user efficiency to maximize the ...
#1Jenifer L. Wightman (Cornell University)H-Index: 3
#2Peter B. Woodbury (Cornell University)H-Index: 19
Livestock manure can be a significant source of greenhouse gases (GHG) including methane (CH) and nitrous oxide (NO). However, GHG emissions are strongly affected by the type of waste management system (WMS) used. For example, CH emissions increase substantially under anaerobic conditions that occur in many WMSs. There is a need for improved estimates at regional and national scales of the effect of WMSs on GHG emissions and identification of opportunities and associated costs to mitigate these ...
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#1Jenifer L. Wightman (Cornell University)H-Index: 3
#2John M. Duxbury (Cornell University)H-Index: 31
Last. Peter B. Woodbury (Cornell University)H-Index: 19
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We estimated emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) from development of a large bioenergy industry in New York State, a humid continental region of 12.6 million hectares of mixed urban, agricultural, and forest land uses. Six representative feedstocks were considered: maize grain, maize stover, warm season grass, short rotation willow, and hardwood and softwood residues from existing mixed-species forests. We analyzed how variation in land quality and management affects feedstock yields and relate...
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#1Jenifer L. Wightman (Cornell University)H-Index: 3
#2Zia U. Ahmed (Cornell University)H-Index: 5
Last. Peter B. Woodbury (Cornell University)H-Index: 19
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Development of viable bioenergy economies will require large increases in biomass feedstock production. Improved methods are needed to quantify production potential based on land availability, land suitability, biomass yield, and cost. We developed such a method and applied it throughout New York State. While maintaining existing forest and agricultural production, we quantified additional sustainable biomass production potential using geospatial and yield modeling that integrates remotely sense...
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