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The Biomass Assessment Handbook

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

© 2007 – Routledge

296 pages

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The increasing importance of biomass as a renewable energy source has lead to an acute need for reliable and detailed information on its assessment, consumption and supply. Responding to this need, and overcoming the lack of standardized measurement and accounting procedures, this 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. Topics covered include assessment methods for woody and herbaceous biomass, biomass supply and consumption, remote sensing techniques as well as vital policy issues. International case studies, ranging from techniques for measuring tree volume to transporting biomass, help to illustrate step-by-step methods and are based on field work experience. Technical appendices offer a glossary of terms, energy units and other valuable resource data.


'A very timely book … an important milestone and tool in the acceptance of the importance of biomass as a fuel. It should be a standard reference for governments and development agencies for some time to come.' Reforesting Scotland, Spring/Summer 2007 'The Biomass Assessment Handbook…gives a good guide to how to assess this important energy resource. Like biomass itself, this book has been a long time in gestation, and draws on the expertise of a lot of people who have been active in the biomass field over the years…' Renew 'Something of a classic in the world of biomass since its initial publication in 2007, this useful handbook, which was issued as a paperback last year, has just been reprinted to meet demand… If you are involved in the bioenergy industry today, you may well have this book on your shelf already. If you don?t, why not?' EnAgri Magazine

Table of Contents

Overview of Biomass Energy * General Introduction to the Basis of Biomass Assessment Methodology * Assessment Methods for Woody Biomass Supply * Non-woody Biomass and Secondary Fuels * Assessment of Biomass Consumption * Remote Sensing Techniques for Biomass Production and Carbon Sequestration Projects * Case Studies * Appendices

About the Editors

Frank Rosillo-Calle is a Research Fellow at Imperial College's Centre for Environmental Policy and Technology. He has worked in the field of bioenergy related areas for 25 years and has published extensively in this area. Peter de Groot has worked in the field of renewable energy for 25 years. He has recently been involved in practical training courses for rural entrepreneurs. Sarah L. Hemstock is currently Programme Manager of the Cusichaca Trust. She has worked in resource management and sustainable development issues in poor communities. Jeremy Woods is a Research Fellow at Imperial College's Centre for Environmental Policy and Technology. His research focuses on the interaction between development, land use and sustainable use of natural resources, in particular biomass energy.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Bioenergy

This series includes a wide range of inter-disciplinary approaches to bioenergy, integrating perspectives from both social and natural sciences. It draws on biology, agronomy, ecology, environment and sustainability science and policy, engineering, economics and other social sciences, and includes textbooks, research monographs and titles aimed at professionals, NGOs and policy-makers. Authors or editors of potential new titles should contact Tim Hardwick, Senior Commissioning Editor (

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Power Resources / Alternative & Renewable