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Time-dependent climate benefits of using forest residues to substitute fossil fuels

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2011

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Sathre, Roger, and Gustavsson, Leif, 2011, Time-dependent climate benefits of using forest residues to substitute fossil fuels: Biomass and Bioenergy, v. 35, iss. 7, p. 2506-2516.

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In this study we analyze and compare the climate impacts from the recovery, transport and combustion of forest residues (harvest slash and stumps), versus the climate impacts that would have occurred if the residues were left in the forest and fossil fuels used instead. We use cumulative radiative forcing (CRF) as an indicator of climate impacts, and we explicitly consider the temporal dynamics of atmospheric carbon dioxide and biomass decomposition. Over a 240-year period, we find that CRF is significantly reduced when forest residues are used instead of fossil fuels. The type of fossil fuel replaced is important, with coal replacement giving the greatest CRF reduction. Replacing oil and fossil gas also gives long-term CRF reduction, [...]

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DOI WECC []
ISSN WECC 0961-9534

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