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GTAP Resource #3659

"The Role of Irrigation in Determining the Global Land Use Impacts of Biofuels"
by Taheripour, Farzad, Thomas Hertel and Jing Liu

Previous research into the global land use impacts of biofuels has assumed that cropland area could expand in most regions of the world. Indeed, such expansion into more carbon-rich land cover such as grassland or forest is the focus of research into the contributions of indirect land use changes (ILUC) to the GHG impacts of biofuels. Several studies have examined the global land use consequences of biofuel production (e.g. Gurgel et al., 2007; Searchinger, et al., 2008; Hertel et al., 2010, Taheripour et al., 2010). However, all of these studies have effectively treated all cropland as being rainfed. The role of irrigation in biofuel-induced cropland expansion has been wholly ignored. This could introduce systematic diminishing biases in measuring indirect land use emissions due to production of biofuels.

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Category: 2011 Conference Paper
Status: Published
By/In: Presented at the 14th Annual Conference on Global Economic Analysis, Venice, Italy
Date: 2011
Created: Taheripour, F. (4/18/2011)
Updated: Taheripour, F. (4/18/2011)
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