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Reference Number NF0416
Title Review of the effects of short term rotation coppice on hydrology
Status Completed
Energy Categories Renewable Energy Sources(Bio-Energy, Applications for heat and electricity) 100%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields BIOLOGICAL AND AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES (Biological Sciences) 25%;
BIOLOGICAL AND AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES (Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science) 25%;
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences) 50%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Environmental dimensions) 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
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Cranfield University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source DEFRA
Start Date 01 September 2000
End Date 30 October 2000
Duration 2 months
Total Grant Value £8,553
Industrial Sectors No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
Region East of England
Programme DEFRA Bioenergy
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Cranfield University (100.000%)
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Objectives The objectives of the study will be to: 1. review the available information in the scientific literature on the water use of SRC in response to soils and climate; 2. synthesise this information into a conceptual framework for considering the likely impacts of extending the area of SRC on hydrology in comparison to annual crops; 3. quantify the range of impacts of SRC on hydrology in selected environmental situations; 4. identify whether gaps in current knowledge require further research; and 5. outline a possible methodology for extending the prediction of SRC water use and hydrological impacts to a national scale.
Abstract To meet its non-fossil fuel targets the Government is planning to support the expansion of the area of Short Rotation Coppice (SRC) in England to about 100,000 ha. The impacts of this development on the hydrology of catchments in which SRC is grown may vary depending upon soils and climate, but may be considerable under certain circumstances. An assessment of the available information on the hydrology of SRC is required to assess the benefits and risks and to guide funders on the R & Dneeds. The purpose of this project is to review the extent of knowledge of the effects of SRC on hydrology and the consequent impacts on water resources; to identify the likely impacts on hydrology of extending the area of SRC in comparison to annual crops.
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