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JOHN L. INNES collage of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada The interactions among biomass burning and weather were introduced into concentration by way of a couple of contemporary occasions. first of all, the Framework conference on weather swap and, extra lately, the Kyoto Protocol, have drawn the eye of coverage makers and others to the significance of biomass burning relating to atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations. Secondly, using prescribed fires has turn into an incredible administration device in a few international locations; with for instance the world with gasoline remedies (which comprise prescribed burns and mechanical remedies) having elevated on US nationwide wooded area approach lands from 123,000 ha in 1985 to 677,000 ha in 1998. Thirdly, huge numbers of woodland fires in Indonesia, Brazil, Australia and in different places in 1997 and 1998 obtained exceptional media cognizance. for this reason, it's acceptable that one of many Wengen Workshops on worldwide swap examine be dedicated to the relationships among biomass burning and weather. This quantity comprises a few of the papers provided on the workshop, yet can also be meant to behave as a contribution to the nation of information at the int- relationships among biomass burning and weather swap. earlier volumes on biomass burning (e. g. Goldammer 1990,Levine 1991a, Crutzen and Goldammer 1993, Levine 1996a, 1996b, Van Wilgen et al. 1997) have under pressure numerous facets of the biomass–climate factor, and supply a heritage of the improvement of our figuring out of the numerous advanced relationships which are involved.

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See text 20 tons/kiloton Ward (1990) 35 tons/kiloton Ward (1990) (1997) (1997) (1997) (1997); (1997) (1997); I Total particulate matter emission ratios are in units of tonslkiloton (tons of total particulate matter/kiloton of biomass or peat material consumed by fire). 2 Joel S. , the amount of biomass in the burned ecosystem that was actually consumed by burning. The area burned can be determined through the use of satellite measurements. Some operational satellite systems to estimate area burned, as well as monitor active fires, are listed in Table 6.

Monitors burned Mapper)/MSS (Multispectral Scanner System) area. SPOT (Systeme Pour l'Observation de la Terre Local, high spatial frequency. low tempo(CNES) (Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales) ral frequency. Monitors burned area. Indonesia ranks third, after Brazil and Zaire, in its area of tropical forest. 2 million km2, or 48 to 69% of the total. , 1998). Large areas of Indonesian forests burned in 1982 and 1983. , 1998). 2 million ha or an uncertainty of 50% in our knowledge of the burned area of fires that occurred 16 years ago.

1999, The 1997 fires in Kalimantan and Sumatra, Indonesia: Gaseous and particulate emissions. Geophysical Research Letters, 26, 815-818. Levine, 1. S. (Editor) 1991, Global Biomass Burning: Atmospheric, Climatic. and Biospheric Implications. The MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 569 pages. Levine, 1. S. (Editor) 1996a, Biomass Burning and Global Change: Remote Sensing, Modeling and Inventory Development, and Biomass Burning in Africa. The MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 581 pages. 30 Joel S.

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