About the book
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.