Biochar for Environmental Management: Science and Technology

Biochar for Environmental Management: Science and Technology

by Johannes Lehmann, Stephen Joseph
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Biochar for Environmental Management: Science and Technology

Biochar is the carbon-rich product when biomass (such as wood, manure or crop residues) is heated in a closed container with little or no available air. It can be used to improve agriculture and the environment in several ways, and its stability in soil and superior nutrient-retention properties make it an ideal soil amendment to increase crop yields. In addition to this, biochar sequestration, in combination with sustainable biomass production, can be carbon-negative and therefore used to actively remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, with major implications for mitigation of climate change. Biochar production can also be combined with bioenergy production through the use of the gases that are given off in the pyrolysis process.

This book is the first to synthesize the expanding research literature on this topic. The book's interdisciplinary approach, which covers engineering, environmental sciences, agricultural sciences, economics and policy, is a vital tool at this stage of biochar technology development. This comprehensive overview of current knowledge will be of interest to advanced students, researchers and professionals in a wide range of disciplines.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781844076581
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 03/28/2009
Edition description: 1
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents


Foreword by Tim Flannery

1. Biochar for Environmental Management: An Introduction

2. Physical Properties of Biochar

3. Characteristics of Biochar: Microchemical Properties

4. Characteristics of Biochar: Organo-chemical Properties

5. Biochar: Nutrient Properties and Their Enhancement

6. Characteristics of Biochar: Biological Properties

7. Developing a Biochar Classification and Test Methods

8. Biochar Production Technology

9. Biochar Systems

10. Changes of Biochar in Soil

11. Stability of Biochar in Soil

12. Biochar Application to Soil

13. Biochar and Emissions of Non-CO2 Greenhouse Gases from Soil

14. Biochar Effects on Soil Nutrient Transformations

15. Biochar Effects on Nutrient Leaching

16. Biochar and Sorption of Organic Compounds

17. Test Procedures for Determining the Quantity of Biochar within Soils

18. Biochar, Greenhouse Gas Accounting and Emissions Trading

19. Economics of Biochar Production, Utilization and Greenhouse Gas Offsets

20. Socio-economic Assessment and Implementation of Small-scale Biochar Projects

21. Taking Biochar to Market: Some Essential Concepts for Commercial Success

22. Policy to Address the Threat of Dangerous Climate Change: A Leading Role for Biochar


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