The course is part of the Winter School of the Kazakh National Agrarian University (Almaty, Kazakhstan). The purpose of the International Winter Master School is to obtain new knowledge, practical skills, the development of innovative technologies and methods of research. The programme is oriented to Master’s, Doctoral degree students and young scientists in order to increase their knowledge and acquire practical skills. The program includes lectures, master / training classes and round tables, which will allow forming professional and interpersonal competencies among students.
Special topics to be covered in lectures and discussions include: methods for assessing wood biomass resources, tools to estimate supply and demand of wood for energy, management and environmental effects of plantations, multifunctional forest uses, adoption dynamincs on agricultural and forest systems and tools for risk assessment in forest management. among others. This course will also include seminars / excursions related to the themes of the course, which support the learning in addition to the classroom lectures, group work and group discussions.
1 Outlook and needs of wood biomass resources Oil crisis – Wood-fuels in the past - Technology and efficiency Biomass feedstocks- bulk density – heating value – sources Logistics – Moisture content – Spatial optimization
2 Biomass production systems Rationale of energy crops - overview and limitations - current role Wood plantations - reed canary grass - management details - production levels