Open access peer-reviewed Edited Volume

Forest Biomass - From Trees to Energy

Ana Cristina Gonçalves

University of Évora


Adélia Sousa

University of Évora

Isabel Malico

University of Évora


Stand structure Density Allometric functions Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Remote sensing Regression Vegetation indices Bioenergy potential Conversion technologies Solid fuels Decision support systems Sustainability

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Forests are the most important biomass producers and the ones that store the most standing biomass and carbon, and thus are an important source of biomass for energy. Their importance is linked to its characteristics, namely relative abundance and uniformity worldwide and neutrality of CO2 emissions. Yet, the use of biomass for energy also presents risks related to forest systems sustainability. This book will provide the reader with a comprehensive overview of the current state of the art in a multitude of subjects related to forest bioenergy, which range from trees, forest stands and biomass assessment, to supply chains and to woody fuel properties, conversion processes and energy applications. The book is aimed at giving a global overview so that the reader can understand the whole chain from tree to energy generation. Overall, the studies of this publication are intended to encompass the following areas: stand structure, density, allometric functions, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing, regression, vegetation indices, bioenergy potential assessment, decision support tools, supply chain optimization, solid fuels and their characterization, energy conversion technologies, process modeling, and sustainability.

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Date completed: October 30th 2019

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Deadline for full chapters: May 1st 2020

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Review results due: July 2nd 2020

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Expected publication date: June 7th 2020

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About the editor

Ana Cristina Gonçalves

University of Évora

Ana Cristina Gonçalves is Assistant Professor with Habilitation at the University of Évora, in Department of Rural Engineering, Portugal and researcher at the Institute for Mediterranean Agrarian Sciences (ICAAM). She holds a PhD in Forestry and has authored more than 100 publications and participated in 15 research projects. Her research is focused on silviculture and modelling in pure, mixed, even-aged and uneven-aged stands; forest management and planning integrated in a GIS environment.

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