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Climate change vulnerability assessments for the Front Range and Colorado National Grasslands

Projects Posted on: April 24, 2019
Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment in Support of Front Range National Forests and Colorado National Grasslands for Forest Plan Revision, Plan Amendments, and Project-Level Planning.

Energy and minerals

Pages Posted on: February 06, 2017
These publications and tools provide information regarding energy and mineral development.

Forest biomass diversion in the Sierra Nevada: Energy, economics and emissions

Publications Posted on: October 07, 2016
As an alternative to open pile burning, use of forest wastes from fuel hazard reduction projects at Blodgett Forest Research Station for electricity production was shown to produce energy and emission benefits: energy (diesel fuel) expended for processing and transport was 2.5% of the biomass fuel (energy equivalent); based on measurements from a large pile burn, air emissions reductions were 98%-99% for PM2.5, CO (carbon monoxide), NMOC (nonm

Forest biomass utilization and watershed processes

Documents and Media Posted on: January 23, 2015
Forest biomass is an energy source that is underutilized. Expanding forest biomass utilization can improve our nation's energy security while reducing greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels. However, there is a risk that water resources may be adversely affected with increased biomass removal. Our research aims to assist land managers to evaluate watershed impacts of biomass removal.Document Type: Briefing Papers

Overview of the Manitou Experimental Forest Observatory: Site description and selected science results from 2008 to 2013

Publications Posted on: September 11, 2014
The Bio-hydro-atmosphere interactions of Energy, Aerosols, Carbon, H2O, Organics and Nitrogen (BEACHON) project seeks to understand the feedbacks and interrelationships between hydrology, biogenic emissions, carbon assimilation, aerosol properties, clouds and associated feedbacks within water-limited ecosystems.

Effects of forest biomass use on watershed processes in the western United States

Publications Posted on: February 04, 2010
As society looks to our nation's forests as sources of energy, there is a risk of increased runoff and erosion. This report gives an overview of watershed processes, discusses the impacts of biomass removal on those processes, provides some guidelines to minimize adverse impacts, and describes an approach for estimating the effects of biomass removal on soil erosion.

Production and cost of harvesting, processing, and transporting small-diameter (< 5 inches) trees for energy

Publications Posted on: September 25, 2008
Dense, small-diameter stands generally require thinning from below to improve fire-tolerance. The resulting forest biomass can be used for energy production. The cost of harvesting, processing, and transporting small-diameter trees often exceeds revenues due to high costs associated with harvesting and transportation and low market values for forest biomass.

Energy development in the Great Basin

Publications Posted on: January 18, 2008
The United States, with less than 5 percent of the world’s population, consumes 40 percent of the oil and 23 percent of natural gas annual global production. Fluctuating and rising energy prices can be expected to continue with political instability in producing countries and intensifying supply competition from expanding Asian economies.

Observational evidence of the complementary relationship in regional evaporation lends strong support for Bouchet's hypothesis

Publications Posted on: July 06, 2006
Using independent observations of actual and potential evapotranspiration at a wide range of spatial scales, we provide direct observational evidence of the complementary relationship in regional evapotranspiration hypothesized by Bouchet in 1963.