UKERC Energy Data Centre: ETI Publications

UKERC Home >> EDC Home >> ETI Publications >> Back to Results >> Ecosystem Land Use Modelling and Soil C Flux Trial (ELUM) - Land-use Change and the Bioenergy Crop Management Model Report.

Ecosystem Land Use Modelling and Soil C Flux Trial (ELUM) - Land-use Change and the Bioenergy Crop Management Model Report.


Citation Dondini, M., Pogson, M., Richards, M., Henner, D. and Smith, P. Ecosystem Land Use Modelling and Soil C Flux Trial (ELUM) - Land-use Change and the Bioenergy Crop Management Model Report., ETI, 2014. https://doi.org/10.5286/UKERC.EDC.000054.
Cite this using DataCite
Author(s) Dondini, M., Pogson, M., Richards, M., Henner, D. and Smith, P.
Project partner(s) University of Aberdeen
Publisher ETI
DOI https://doi.org/10.5286/UKERC.EDC.000054
Download BIO_BI1001_4.pdf document type
Abstract The ELUM project was commissioned to provide greater understanding on the GHG and soil carbon changes arising as a result of direct land-use change (dLUC) to bioenergy crops, with a primary focus on the second-generation bioenergy crops Miscanthus, short rotation coppice (SRC) willow and short rotation forestry (SRF). The project was UK-bound, but with many outcomes which could be internationally relevant. Indirect land-use change impacts were out of scope. The aim of Work Package 4 (WP4) was to develop a bioenergy spatial modelling tool (ELUM software package) to allow non-specialist users to explore the consequences of land-use and land-management change arising from planting of energy crops on soil carbon and greenhouse gas emissions in the UK. This deliverable tests the accuracy of the ECOSSE model (from which the ELUM software package is derived) to simulate soil carbon and greenhouse gas fluxes, describes the uncertainties in the simulations and describes the ELUM meta-model itself.

Finally, an extensive description of the meta-model is given in this report, describing assumptions and constraints, as well as the structure of the look-up table. The benefits and limitations of the look-up table approach for the meta-model are reported below.

Benefits:
  • Results are as reliable as possible, since results from the ECOSSE model are directly reported (except for non-default fertiliser and yield improvement)
  • Comparatively fast to use
  • Future modifications are relatively straightforward, since results for different transitions, climates and regions, for example, can be obtained from the underlying model and used to create a new look-up table, without further modelling work to approximate the results of the ECOSSE model
Limitations:
  • The data storage space for the meta-model is comparatively large
  • Results are restricted to those considered by the model (although use of regression equations for non-default options works around this).
Associated Project(s) ETI-BI1001: Ecosystem Land-use Modelling (ELUM) & Soil Carbon Flux Field Trial
Associated Dataset(s) No associated datasets
Associated Publication(s)

Ecosystem Land-Use Modelling & Soil Carbon Flux Trial (ELUM) - Project Executive Summary

Ecosystem Land Use Modelling & Soil C Flux Trial (ELUM) - Chronosequence methodology approaches in literature, including specific recommendations for sampling for ELUM

Ecosystem Land-Use Modelling & Soil C Flux Trial (ELUM) - Complete Meta-Analysis Database

Ecosystem Land Use Modelling & Soil C Flux Trial (ELUM) - Report on the Findings of Effects on Land-Use Change (LUC) into Bioenergy Crops

Ecosystem Land-Use Modelling & Soil C Flux Trial (ELUM) - Updated Meta-analysis Database & Report for 2012/2013

Ecosystem Land Use Modelling and Soil C Flux Trial (ELUM) - A Review of Existing Models, Toolkits and Resources Available to Assess the Effects of Land Use Change Into Bioenergy Crops From Specified Transitions

Ecosystem Land Use Modelling and Soil C Flux Trial (ELUM) - Report on the Effects of Land-Use Change (LUC) into Bioenergy Crops from Specified Transitions

Ecosystem Land Use Modelling and Soil C Flux Trial (ELUM) - Review of the Effects of Bioenergy Crops on Ecosystem Service in the UK Context

ETI Insights Report - Delivering greenhouse gas emission savings through UK bioenergy value chains

Making efficient use of bioenergy feedstocks for cleaner, greener energy

Request for proposals for the ELUM project (Ecosystem Land-Use Modelling and Soil Carbon GHG Flux Field Trial)