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Assessment of Miscanthus Yield Potential from Strip-Mined Lands (SML) and Its Impacts on Stream Water Quality

Version 1 : Received: 18 January 2019 / Approved: 21 January 2019 / Online: 21 January 2019 (10:57:36 CET)

How to cite: Sahoo, K.; Mani, S.; Milewski, A.M.; Hoghooghi, N.; Sekhar Panda, S. Assessment of Miscanthus Yield Potential from Strip-Mined Lands (SML) and Its Impacts on Stream Water Quality. Preprints 2019, 2019010206 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201901.0206.v1). Sahoo, K.; Mani, S.; Milewski, A.M.; Hoghooghi, N.; Sekhar Panda, S. Assessment of Miscanthus Yield Potential from Strip-Mined Lands (SML) and Its Impacts on Stream Water Quality. Preprints 2019, 2019010206 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201901.0206.v1).

Abstract

Strip-mined land (SML) disturbed by coal-mining is the non-crop land resource that can be utilized to cultivate high-yielding energy crops such as miscanthus for bioenergy applications. However, the biomass yield potential, annual availability and environmental impacts on growing energy crops in SML are less understood. In this study, we estimated the yield potential of miscanthus (Miscanthus sinensis) in SML and its environmental impacts on local streams using the Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT). After calibration and validation of the SWAT model, the results demonstrated that miscanthus yield potentials were 2.6 (0.8−5.53), 10.0 (1.3−16.0) and 16.0 (1.34−26.0) Mg ha-1 with the fertilizer application rate of 0, 100, and 200 kg-N ha-1 respectively. Furthermore, cultivation of miscanthus in the SML has the potential to reduce sediment (~20%) and nitrate (2.5%−10.0 %) loads reaching to water streams with a marginal increase in phosphorus load. The available SML in the United States could produce about 10 to 16 dry Tg of biomass per year without negatively impacting the water quality. In conclusion, SML can provide a unique opportunity to produce biomass for bioenergy applications, while improving stream water quality in highly dense mining area (the Appalachian region) in the United States.

Subject Areas

Strip-mined land; bioenergy; biomass; energy crop; miscanthus; SWAT model; SWAT-CUP; runoff; nutrients; and water quality

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