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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2014, 3(3), 929-941; doi:10.3390/ijgi3030929

Design of a GIS-Based Web Application for Simulating Biofuel Feedstock Yields

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Department of Computer Science, University of California, Davis, CA 95616, USA
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Department of Land, Air, and Water, University of California, Davis, CA 95616, USA
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Energy Institute, University of California, Davis, CA 95616, USA
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Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, University of California, Davis, CA 95616, USA
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Received: 4 March 2014 / Revised: 24 June 2014 / Accepted: 8 July 2014 / Published: 16 July 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue GIS for Renewable Energy)
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Abstract

Short rotation woody crops (SRWC), such as hybrid poplar, have the potential to serve as a valuable feedstock for cellulosic biofuels. Spatial estimates of biomass yields under different management regimes are required for assisting stakeholders in making better management decisions and to establish viable woody cropping systems for biofuel production. To support stakeholders in their management decisions, we have developed a GIS-based web interface using a modified 3PG model for spatially predicting poplar biomass yields under different management and climate conditions in the U.S. Pacific Northwest region. The application is implemented with standard HTML5 components, allowing its use in a modern browser and dynamically adjusting to the client screen size and device. In addition, cloud storage of the results makes them accessible on any Internet-enabled device. The web interface appears simple, but is powerful in parameter manipulation and in visualizing and sharing the results. Overall, this application comprises dynamic features that enable users to run SRWC crop growth simulations based on GIS information and contributes significantly to choosing appropriate feedstock growing locations, anticipating the desired physiological properties of the feedstock and incorporating the management and policy analysis needed for growing hybrid poplar plantations. View Full-Text
Keywords: short rotation woody crops; biofuel feedstock; biomass growth simulation; yield prediction; spatial analysis; web application short rotation woody crops; biofuel feedstock; biomass growth simulation; yield prediction; spatial analysis; web application
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Prilepova, O.; Hart, Q.; Merz, J.; Parker, N.; Bandaru, V.; Jenkins, B. Design of a GIS-Based Web Application for Simulating Biofuel Feedstock Yields. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2014, 3, 929-941.

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