An Interactive Assessment of Biomass Demand and Availability in the Southeastern United States

Author(s): Christopher S. Galik and Robert C. Abt

Published: March 2011

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Publication Type: Working Paper

The following report evaluates the implications of biomass use at multiple levels of demand and under various policy scenarios across the southeastern United States. It represents the culmination of a four month joint research effort between North Carolina State University, the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University, and Environmental Defense Fund. It provides background on the methodology used to conduct the analysis, as well as an overview of an associated Biomass Demand Interface Tool that can be used to view the results. Collectively, these allow for the simultaneous evaluation of dozens of demand scenarios on multiple metrics of concern, thus providing the beginnings of a comprehensive overview of the range of impacts that increasing demand for forest biomass may have in a given state or region.