U.S. wildfires’ CO2 emissions estimates in Carbon Balance and Management Journal

November 1, 2007 at 3:23 pm | Posted in California, Carbon dioxide, CO2 emissions, Estimates, US, wildfires | Leave a comment

U.S. Fires Release Large Amounts of Carbon Dioxide, New Study Shows
Scientist Makes Preliminary Estimates for Recent California Fires

October 31, 2007

BOULDER—Large-scale fires in a western or southeastern state can pump as much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere in a few weeks as the state’s entire motor vehicle traffic does in a year, according to newly published research by scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the University of Colorado at Boulder.

The paper, “Estimates of CO2 from fires in the United States: implications for carbon management,” is being published online tomorrow in the journal “Carbon Balance and Management.” NCAR’s portion of the research was supported by the National Science Foundation, NCAR’s principal sponsor.

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(This press release alone may answer your questions about the California wildfires, kids.)

Scientific paper is here:

Estimates of CO2 from fires in the United States: implications for carbon management
Christine Wiedinmyer, Jason C Neff
Carbon Balance and Management 2007, 2:10 (1 November 2007)
[Abstract] [Provisional PDF]


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