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


Citation Holland, R., Clarke, D. and Taylor, G. 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, 2013. https://doi.org/10.5286/UKERC.EDC.000055.
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Author(s) Holland, R., Clarke, D. and Taylor, G.
Project partner(s) University of Southampton
Publisher ETI
DOI https://doi.org/10.5286/UKERC.EDC.000055
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Associated Project(s) ETI-BI1001: Ecosystem Land-use Modelling (ELUM) & Soil Carbon Flux Field Trial
Associated Dataset(s) No associated datasets
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. This deliverable provides a review of the current research on key ecosystem services relating to bioenergy cropping systems in a UK context. It identifies current research gaps in this area and describes in detail the underlying provisioning services. Whilst much of the ELUM project focuses on an analytical understanding of the impacts of land-use change to bioenergy crops, this report focuses on what are sometimes less easily measured effects – impacts on all the goods and services that humans rely on, defined by the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MEA) as “ecosystem services”. Although the concluding outputs from this Work Package 1 (WP1) report do not feed directly into other ELUM Work Packages, it nevertheless represents an important supporting body of evidence in the discussion around the potential uptake of bioenergy crops in the UK.