2nd Edition

The Biomass Assessment Handbook Energy for a sustainable environment

    336 Pages 100 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    336 Pages 100 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The increasing importance of biomass as a renewable energy source has led to an acute need for reliable and detailed information on its assessment, consumption and supply. Responding to this need, and overcoming the lack of standardised measurement and accounting procedures, this best-selling handbook provides the reader with the skills to understand the biomass resource base, the tools to assess the resource, and explores the pros and cons of exploitation. 

    This new edition has been fully updated and revised with new chapters on sustainability methodologies. Topics covered include assessment methods for woody and herbaceous biomass, biomass supply and consumption, land use change, remote sensing techniques, food security, sustainability and certification as well as vital policy issues. The book includes international case studies on techniques from measuring tree volume to transporting biomass, which help to illustrate step-by-step methods. Technical appendices offer a glossary of terms, energy units and other valuable resource data.


    JosĂ© Goldemberg 


    1. Overview of Biomass Energy 

    Frank Rosillo-Calle and Jeremy Woods 

    2. General Introduction to the Basis of Biomass Assessment Methodology 

    Frank Rosillo-Calle, Peter de Groot, Vineet V. Chandra and Sarah L. Hemstock 

    3. Assessment Methods for Woody Biomass Supply 

    Frank Rosillo-Calle, Peter de Groot, Sarah L. Hemstock and Jeremy Woods 

    4. Non Woody Biomass and Secondary Fuels 

    Frank Rosillo-Calle, with contributions from Peter de Groot and Sarah L. Hemstock 

    5. The Assessment of Biomass Consumption 

    Sarah L. Hemstock and Ranjila Singh 

    6. Assessing Sustainability for Biomass Energy Production and Use 

    Rocio Diaz-Chavez 

    7. Land Use Assessment for Sustainable Biomass 

    Alexandre B. Strapasson, Lei Wang and Nicole Kalas 

    8. Remote Sensing for Mapping and Monitoring Vegetation Dynamics and Providing Biomass Production Estimates 

    Jansle Vieira Rocha and Rubens A.C. Lamparelli 

    9. Case Studies 

    With contributions from Frank Rosillo-Calle, Sarah L. Hemstock, Vineet V. Chandra and Teuleala Manuella-Morris 

    10. General Technical Appendices


    Frank Rosillo-Calle is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in Biomass Energy at the Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London, UK, with over 30 years’ experience in biomass energy. 

    Peter de Groot has worked in the field of renewable energy over 30 years and has been involved in many research projects including training courses for rural entrepreneurs. 

    Sarah L. Hemstock is Project Team Leader for the University of the South Pacific-European Union Global Climate Change Alliance Project, based in Fiji.

    Jeremy Woods is a Lecturer in Bioenergy at Imperial College London's Centre for Environmental Policy.