Land resource requirements for bioenergy in India

Abstract

This study presents a two stage process to determine suitable areas to grow fuel crops: i) FAO Agro Ecological Zones (AEZ) procedure is applied to four Indian states of different geographical characteristics; and ii) Modelling the growth of candidate crops with GEPIC water and nutrient model, which is used to determine potential yield of candidate crops in areas where irrigation water is brackish or soil is saline. Absence of digital soil maps, paucity of readily available climate data and knowledge of detailed requirements of candidate crops are some of the major problems, of which, a series of detailed maps will evaluate true potential of biofuels in India.

Divisions: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > Sustainable environment research group
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > Engineering Systems & Management
Additional Information: CC Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.5 India
Uncontrolled Keywords: bioenergy,GEPIC model,land resources
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2011-08
Authors: Elgy, John
Halperin, Daniel

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