Put a number on it?

Stack of Wood Fuel by Forest Road © Taina Sohlman | Dreamstime.com

Sometimes it’s easy to put numbers on things. IIASA researchers can use their models to estimate biomass production rates, determine the energy potential of an area of forest, and determine the optimal location for renewable energy plants based on a multitude of factors. But some things are harder to quantify. How do you put a […]

Katherine Leitzell

About Katherine Leitzell

Katherine Leitzell is a science writer at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), in Laxenburg Austria. IIASA researchers are working on the economic-ecological modelling for the recharge.green project.

Biomass energy from wood and protected areas

Posted by on Mar 14, 2014 in Biomass, Knowledge transfer | No Comments
Forest in the Triglav National Park ©  Peter Habereder  / pixelio.de

Alps together with a network of protected areas represent an unique form of natural and cultural heritage and one of the remaining preserved parts of Europe. Woody biomass is one of the possible sources for the commercial production of energy in the Alps. The economically-oriented forest management practices, too often even in protected areas, emphasize […]

The right model for the job

Kleinwalsertal, Vorarlberg, Austria. Credit: Andreas Metz via Flickr. Creative Commons License

The recharge.green project asks big questions about the issues of renewable energy in the Alps region. How do we balance renewable energy production with tourism and protection of nature? What should the mix be between solar, wind, hydro, and bioenergy along with sustainable natural resource management? To answer those questions, recharge.green project partners look to […]

Katherine Leitzell

About Katherine Leitzell

Katherine Leitzell is a science writer at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), in Laxenburg Austria. IIASA researchers are working on the economic-ecological modelling for the recharge.green project.

What’s a forest worth?

mountain biker © Andreea Dobrescu Dreamstime.com

When I think of an alpine forest, I think of the towering cedar trees that blanket the Cascade mountains near my native Seattle, with trunks so broad you can’t reach your arms around them. I think of the shadowy quiet that envelops me as I wander through a mountain forest in my new home in […]

Katherine Leitzell

About Katherine Leitzell

Katherine Leitzell is a science writer at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), in Laxenburg Austria. IIASA researchers are working on the economic-ecological modelling for the recharge.green project.

Valuing the invaluable

Breithorn (4164 m, Swiss Alps) with gentian (Gentiana brachyphylla) in the foreground

Alpine nature is worth a lot more than people realize.  Most would agree that its resources (wood, water, tourism income, etc.) are valuable, but few realize just how much  the underlying  “services” of nature are worth to all of us. Mountain landscapes certainly have a lot of intrinsic value to me.  This may be because […]

svadlenak

About Karin Svadlenak-Gomez

“I am passionate about nature and mountains, so it is quite satisfying to be involved in a project that seeks a balanced approach to using and protecting the diverse natural resources in the Alps.” _ Karin Svadlenak-Gomez, Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Lead Partner support in project management and public relations of the recharge.green project