Biomass Burning and Global Change

Williamsburg, Virginia, U.S.A.
13-17 March 1995

From the Foreword

The Conference “Biomass Burning and Global Change” assessed the impact of biomass burning as a driver for global change. The proceedings (two volumes) bring together over 80 contributions by more than 200 scientists. The contributions are divided into the tropical, temperate, and boreal regions of the world. Topics include the remote sensing of fires from space, the characteristics and ecology of fire, gaseous and particulate emissions from burning, and the impact of these emissions on the chemistry of the troposphere and stratosphere and on global climate. There are also results of (at that time) recent national and international experiments on biomass burning, including the international South African Fire-Atmosphere Research Initiative (SAFARI) and Bor Forest Island Experiment in Siberia, part of the Fire Research Campaign Asia-North (FIRESCAN), and the U.S. Smoke, Clouds, and Radiation (SCAR) Experiment. Several chapters deal with the Kuwaiti oil fires and their environmental impacts.

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GFMC Contributions

Preceding Chapman Conference

Global Biomass Burning

Williamsburg, Virginia, U.S.A.
19-23 March 1990

From the Foreword

This comprehensive volume is the first to consider biomass burning as a global phenomenon and to assess its impact on the atmosphere, on climate, and on the biosphere itself. The 63 chapters by 158 scientists – including leading biomass burn researchers from third-world countries, such as Brazil, Nigeria, Zaire, India, and China, where biomass burning is so prevalent – point to biomass burning as a significant driver of global change on our planet. Global Biomass Burning provides a reference on such topics as the remote sensing of biomass burning from space, the geographical distribution of burning; the combustion products of burning in tropical, temperate, and boreal ecosystems; burning as a global source of atmospheric gases and particulates; the impact of biomass burning gases and particulates on global climate; and the role of biomass burning on biodiversity and past global extinctions. Also included are contributions on the importance of biomass burning from the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program: A Study of Global Change and from the International Global Atmospheric Chemistry Project, as well as policy options prepared by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for managing biomass burning to mitigate global climate change.


GFMC Contribution

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