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Billings Biofuel Project
Date June 2009 - present
Location North America
Contact Nate Brunsell

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.


Nate Brunsell

Nate Brunsell

PI, Department of Geography
Pei-ling Lin

Pei-ling Lin

Researcher, Department of Geography
Sharon Billings

Sharon Billings

CoPI, KU Ecosystems Research Group