Prakash NepalAsst. Professor - Cooperator
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
My current research focuses on 1) enhancing the capability of timber market model of the US Forest Service (US Forest Products Module (USFPM)) to evaluate climate change mitigation policies, 2) investigating climate change mitigation benefits, costs, and leakage effects of long-term timber set-asides in the US, 3) estimating the US forest product markets and trade impacts of long-term timber set-asides, and 4) investigating the degree of carbon neutrality associated with expanded wood energy use in the US.
- Economics of forest-based climate change mitigation
- Economics of wood-based bioenergy
- Modeling timber demand and supply
- Forest-based economic development
Nepal, Prakash; Grala, Robert K.; Grebner, Donald L.; Abt, Robert C. 2013. Impact of harvest level changes on carbon accumulation and stumpage prices in Mississippi. Southern Journal of Applied Forestry.
Nepal, Prakash; Grala, Robert K.; Grebner, Donald L. 2012. Financial feasibility of increasing carbon sequestration in harvested wood products in Mississippi. Forest Policy and Economics 14(2): 99-106.
Nepal, Prakash; Grala, Robert K.; Grebner, Donald L. 2012. Financial implications of enrolling Mississippi forest landowners into carbon offset programs. Southern Journal of Applied Forestry 36(1): 5-10.
Nepal, Prakash; Grala, Robert K.; Grebner, Donald L. 2010. Carbon sequestration potential and financial trade-offs associated with loblolly pine and cherrybark oak management in Mississippi. Forum on Public Policy: A Journal of the Oxford Round Table 2010 (3): 1-19.
Nepal, Prakash; Grala, Robert K.; Grebner, Donald L. 2009. Financial feasibility of sequestering carbon by loblolly pine stands in interior flatwoods region in Mississippi. Pages 52-62: In J. Siry, B. Izlar, P. Bettinger, T. Harris, T. Tye, S. Baldwin, K. Merry, editors. Proceedings of the 2008 Southern Forest Economics Workers Meeting. Savannah, GA.
Why This Research is Important
This research is important in understanding various economic impacts to U.S. forest sector that may result from the implementation of future climate change mitigation policies and programs.
- Ph.D. in Forest Resources (Focus-Forest Economics), 2011
- Mississippi State University, Mississippi State
- M.S. in Tropical Forest Management, 2006
- Dresden University of Technology, Dresden, Germany
- M.S. in Natural Resources Management, 2004
- International Institute of Geo-information Sciences and Earth Observation, Enschede, The Netherlands
- B.S. in Forestry, Wildlife, Soil and Water Conservation, 1999
- Institute of Forestry, Tribhuvan University, Nepal
- Society of American Foresters (SAF), Member (2007—Current)
- Southern Forest Economics Workers (SOFEW), Member (2007—Current)
Featured Publications and Products
- Nepal, Prakash; Ince, Peter J.; Skog, Kenneth E.; Chang, Sun J. 2012. Developing Inventory Projection Models Using Empirical Net Forest Growth and Growing-Stock Density Relationships Across U.S. Regions and Species Group.
- Nepal, Prakash; Ince, Peter J.; Skog, Kenneth E.; Chang, Sun J. 2012. Projection of U.S. forest sector carbon sequestration under U.S. and global timber market and wood energy consumption scenarios, 2010-2060.
- Johnston, Craig ; Buongiorno, Joseph ; Nepal, Prakash ; Prestemon, Jeffrey P. 2019. From source to sink: Past changes and model projections of carbon sequestration in the global forest sector.
- Nepal, Prakash ; Korhonen, Jaana ; Prestemon, Jeffrey P.; Cubbage, Frederick W. 2019. Projecting global and regional forest area under the Shared Socioeconomic Pathways using an updated Environmental Kuznets Curve model.
- Nepal, Prakash ; Korhonen, Jaana ; Prestemon, Jeffrey P.; Cubbage, Frederick W. 2019. Projecting global planted forest area developments and the associated impacts on global forest product markets.
- Nepal, Prakash ; Abt, Karen ; Skog, Kenneth ; Prestemon, Jeffrey ; Abt, Robert C. 2018. Projected Market Competition for Wood Biomass between Traditional Products and Energy: A Simulated Interaction of US Regional, National, and Global Forest Product Markets.
- Nepal, Prakash; Skog, Kenneth E.; McKeever, David B.; Bergman, Richard D.; Abt, Karen L.; Abt, Robert C. 2016. Carbon Mitigation Impacts of Increased Softwood Lumber and Structural Panel Use for Nonresidential Construction in the United States.
- Stokes, Bryce; Rials, Timothy G.; Johnson, Leonard R.; Abt, Karen L.; Nepal, Prakash; Skog, Kenneth E.; Abt, Robert C.; He, Lixia; English, Burton C. 2016. Chapter 3 - At the roadside: Forest resources.
- Frey, Gregory E.; Nepal, Prakash. 2016. Forest economics and policy in a changing environment: how market, policy, and climate transformations affect forests -- Proceedings of the 2016 Meeting of the International Society of Forest Resource Economics.
- Nepal, Prakash; Skog, Kenneth E. 2014. Chapter 8: Estimating net greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from wood energy use; Issues and the current state of knowledge.
- Nepal, Prakash; Wear, David N.; Skog, Kenneth E. 2014. Net change in carbon emissions with increased wood energy use in the United States.
- Nepal, Prakash; Ince, Peter J.; Skog, Kenneth E.; Chang, Sun J. 2013. Forest carbon benefits, costs and leakage effects of carbon reserve scenarios in the United States.
- Nepal, Prakash; Ince, Peter J.; Skog, Kenneth E.; Chang, Sun J. 2013. Projected US timber and primary forest product market impacts of climate change mitigation through timber set-asides.
- Ince, Peter J.; Nepal, Prakash. 2012. Effects on U.S. Timber Outlook of Recent Economic Recession, Collapse in Housing Construction, and Wood Energy Trends.
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