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Assessment of Biomass Burning in the Conterminous United States

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dc.contributor.author Leenhouts, Bill en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:56:57Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:56:57Z
dc.date.issued 1998 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2009-01-20 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2009-01-20 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/3078
dc.description.abstract "Wildland fire has been an integral part of the landscape of the conterminous United States for millennia. Analysis of contemporary and pre-industrial (~ 200 - 500 yr BP) conditions, using potential natural vegetation, satellite imagery, and ecological fire regime information, shows that wildland fires burned 35 - 86 x 106 ha (megahectares) annually in the pre-industrial era, consuming 530 - 1230 teragram (Tg) of biomass. At present, in comparison, 5 - 7 Mha/yr burn, consuming 77 - 189 Tg of biomass annually. If historic fire regimes were restored to non-urban and non-agricultural lands today, 18 - 43 Mha would burn annually, consuming 285 - 602 Tg of biomass. For each era, 11 biomass (wildland and agricultural) burning emissions were estimated, and differences of similar magnitude were found. Estimates of contemporary fossil fuel emissions are also provided for comparison. Atmospheric, climatic, social, and ecological system effects from the decrease in area burned, biomass consumed, and emissions produced are discussed." en_US
dc.subject air pollution en_US
dc.subject biomass en_US
dc.subject climate change en_US
dc.subject fire ecology en_US
dc.title Assessment of Biomass Burning in the Conterminous United States en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.coverage.region North America en_US
dc.coverage.country United States en_US
dc.subject.sector General & Multiple Resources en_US
dc.subject.sector Land Tenure & Use en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Ecology and Society en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 2 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 1 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth June en_US

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