Biofuel Crop Choices and Regional Carbon Cycling
Land cover in many regions of the world is changing as a result of enhanced interest in biofuels. In central North America, farmers are making different crop choices and are altering more natural land cover types to plant crops for biofuels. We are interested in understanding how regional patterns of carbon uptake and release are influenced by these alterations in crop cover. We are using remote sensing to quantify how ecosystem productivity and the seasonal timing of that productivity changes with crop cover. This work is part of a larger project assessing the complete cost of multiple biofuel options, in conjunction with Dr. Susan Williams (KU Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering) and others at KU.