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Methodologies for Structuring Scenarios to Address Issues of Environmental Impacts of a Bio-fuels Industry and the Delivery Eco-System Services

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Over the last 25 years the development of process models has become a part of national resource policy assessments. Increasing sophistication of models like the EPIC, APEX,
And SWAT family of assessment models provide a robust set of tools to address a wide variety of emerging issues and alternative policies.

The potential of large scale reallocation of resources toward the production of bio-fuels stocks raises a myriad of potential positive and negative impact on the nation’s resources and products derived for these resources.

Without comprehensive assessment tools, it will be very difficult to predict these impacts. The only thing for sure is that the introduction of a large bio-fuels industry will place unprecedented pressures on our ecosystem, and rural infrastructure. This will require new and challenging approaches to the delivery of ecosystem services by our action and regulatory agencies.

In doing assessments it is important to track the whole ecosystem as changes that benefit parts of the ecosystem (e.g. surface water) often place new pressures on other ecosystem resources (e.g. air). Also the simple fact that bio energy stocks will be striving for very high yielding biomass implies substantial increased in water use. Biomass to water conversion ratios will have increasing importance even without climate change considerations. This presentation will address techniques and methodologies of using process models with spatially explicit, nationally available, natural resource data to quantify the impacts (benefits and costs) of a Bio-fuels industry. This will be expressed in the use of multiple ecological and economic indicators and how they can be at different spatial and temporal scales to represent the wide range of impacts on both the natural ecosystem and the delivery of eco-system services.
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Dyke, Paul. and Manale, Andrew. "Methodologies for Structuring Scenarios to Address Issues of Environmental Impacts of a Bio-fuels Industry and the Delivery Eco-System Services" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION SOCIETY, TBA, Tucson, Arizona, <Not Available>. 2013-12-14 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p270946_index.html>

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Dyke, P. and Manale, A. "Methodologies for Structuring Scenarios to Address Issues of Environmental Impacts of a Bio-fuels Industry and the Delivery Eco-System Services" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION SOCIETY, TBA, Tucson, Arizona <Not Available>. 2013-12-14 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p270946_index.html

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Abstract: Over the last 25 years the development of process models has become a part of national resource policy assessments. Increasing sophistication of models like the EPIC, APEX,
And SWAT family of assessment models provide a robust set of tools to address a wide variety of emerging issues and alternative policies.

The potential of large scale reallocation of resources toward the production of bio-fuels stocks raises a myriad of potential positive and negative impact on the nation’s resources and products derived for these resources.

Without comprehensive assessment tools, it will be very difficult to predict these impacts. The only thing for sure is that the introduction of a large bio-fuels industry will place unprecedented pressures on our ecosystem, and rural infrastructure. This will require new and challenging approaches to the delivery of ecosystem services by our action and regulatory agencies.

In doing assessments it is important to track the whole ecosystem as changes that benefit parts of the ecosystem (e.g. surface water) often place new pressures on other ecosystem resources (e.g. air). Also the simple fact that bio energy stocks will be striving for very high yielding biomass implies substantial increased in water use. Biomass to water conversion ratios will have increasing importance even without climate change considerations. This presentation will address techniques and methodologies of using process models with spatially explicit, nationally available, natural resource data to quantify the impacts (benefits and costs) of a Bio-fuels industry. This will be expressed in the use of multiple ecological and economic indicators and how they can be at different spatial and temporal scales to represent the wide range of impacts on both the natural ecosystem and the delivery of eco-system services.

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