Biochar: A regional Supply Chain Approach in View of Climate Change Mitigation

November 23rd, 2016    


Publication note (November 2016)

The book is available at the website of Cambridge University Press, or other book stores including Amazon from 24th of November.



Official book launch (21.11. 2016)

The book was officially launched at the Austrian Academy of Sciences on Monday, 21st of November 2016. Please find the agenda of the book presentation here. The presentations are available below.



Presentation title and download

Michael Hantel and Leopold Haimberger

Carbon in the climate system

Viktor J. Bruckman

Biochar for Climate Change Mitigation: options and constraints

Saran P. Sohi

Biochar systems integration in European Forestry

Esin Apaydın Varol

Pyrolysis - sustainable waste treatment with negative carbon balance

Gerhard Soja

Biochar: More than carbon sequestration - the Austrian context
Deborah Page-Dumroese Prospects of Biochar use in Forestry



Please find the chapter titles and abstracts of all 18 contributions here:




We would like to thank all authors and the numerous reviewers for their dedicated efforts during the last months!


The book in a nutshell

Our aim is to present a regional supply chain approach for biochar production and application, in view of climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies. Therefore, we have included experts from major climate regions (temperate, mediterranean and tropical). The book will establish direct links between theoretical chapters and actual case studies. It consists of 4 main sections:

Section 1 provides a general overview and introduction of biochar systems. It identifies the current status of biochar research, open questions as well as chances and limitations for climate change mitigation/adaptation strategies. In addition to that, a separate chapter will present a biochar life cycle assessment that identifies the carbon footprint of a biochar system.

In section 2, we present potential sources for biomass as large amounts will be needed in order to effectively influence carbon budgets. Authors from Austria, Turkey and Malaysia present their view on potential sources in terms of quality and quantity, as well as limitations, with respect to current biomass markets and its projected future development. The impact of land management (for biomass cultivation) and land use change on carbon budgets will be presented as well in order to get a holistic view on a potential biochar system.

Section 3 represents pyrolysis, the process of converting biomass into biochar. Pyrolysis will be discussed with emphasis on settings (temperature, type, duration etc.) and their influence on the resulting properties, in view of soil amendment and stable carbon fractions. Sustainability assessments, different production scales and the characterization of by-products, such as syngas or acidic fractions will be included here.

The final section 4 aims at addressing the complex interactions between biochar and soil. Carbon stability is an important measure in climate change mitigation, but likewise adaptation can build on significant improvements of certain soil parameters (e.g. water holding capacity). Among others, we will address the role of nitrogen and present biochar mycorrhiza relations and present a practical case study from vegetable production on biochar amended soils in Thailand.


Specific information for Authors

ALL Authors (Lead and Co-Authors!) who agreed to contribute to this book publication (lead authors are listed on the right side of this page) are kindly asked to register using the link below. This has become necessary at this point as the book will be published with Cambridge University Press and lead authors will receive a separate contract. In addition details of co-authors will be printed in the final book. It is required to provide contact details including affiliation and the (tentative) title of your chapter, as shown in the Author Registration Form.


Author resources

Item (Download) Description
Book outline This section contains a short outline of the proposed book with summaries of the chapters. It should help authors to know the context of their respective chapters. In some cases, it also contains notes from the editors which should be carefully reviewed and addressed when preparing the chapter.

Author Guidelines V1 no longer available

Author Guidelines V2 no longer available

Author Guidelines V3
Please use the following guidelines as a resource of consensed information about how to prepare and submit your chapter. This document will be regularly updated.

Illustration checklist When submitting your manuscript and figures separately, please also provide the attached illustration checklist. It is important to fill it out carefully, especially the permissions-section.





When preparing your manuscript, please remember to:

  • Carefully follow the author guidelines (Responsibilities of the contributors section and subsequent links)
  • Make yourself familiar with the context and the general aim of the book (details are available in the proposal that will be sent to you by Email). Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation with biochar are the leading topics where your chapter should be well embedded.
  • Whereever possible, try to present regional aspects rather than national numbers and facts, i.e. include neighbour countries in your assessment if the situation is comparable.
  • Include practical aspects and examples if possible.
  • Be sparce with colour figures (only a maximum of 1-2 colour figures per manuscript is allowed). The publisher needs to receive the original figures with high resolution or you submit vector files (details can be found above).