There is a growing global need to produce more energy and curb greenhouse gas emissions. One possible source of energy in parts of the Northeastern United States is short-rotation coppice willow grown for biomass to be turned into biofuel. In order to consider this possibility, it is important to be able to quantify the factors affecting land use change and the proportions of land in various uses in this region. Beta regression models were developed to quantify these factors on four different land uses; it was found that the most significant factors in predicting the proportion of land in the different categories of land usage were the value of cropland/pastureland and median per capita household income (U.S. Census Bureau 2012). This implies that value of competing alternative land uses as well as some measure of wealth are important in determining the usage of land in a given area.
Environmental Science and Resource Management Panel