Improving Global Estimates of Atmospheric Emissions from Biomass Burning

17-19July 2002, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, U.S.A.

The Global Observation of Forest Cover / Global Observation of Landcover Dynamics (GOFC/GOLD) and IGBP IGAC Biomass Burning Experiment (BIBEX) projects are planning a workshop entitled: Improving Global Estimates of Atmospheric Emissions from Biomass Burning. This workshop will take place from 17 to 19 July 2002 on the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, and will serve as the annual meeting of the GOFC/GOLD-Fire Program. The overall goals of the meeting are to review the information products generated from satellite imagery and other sources that are currently available for developing emissions from biomass burning, evaluate areas where improved or additional products would be beneficial, and recommend products for use by the atmospheric science community. Specific objectives of the meeting are to:

  1. Examine the current methods and approaches for emissions modeling;
  2. Present recent results from emissions models and determine the best estimates of biomass emissions, according to major biomes;
  3. Identify current uncertainties and necessary improvements;
  4. Refine the scientific requirements for observations and data products needed to reduce the uncertainties;
  5. Recommend emissions products for a BIBEX-sponsored international model intercomparison to evaluate our scientific understanding of the effects of biomass emissions on the concentrations of trace gases and aerosols in the atmosphere; and
  6. Examine possible operational approaches for generation of input and output products for emissions models.

The Organizing Committee for this meeting includes:

Eric Kasischke (University of Maryland) (Co-chair)
Joyce Penner (University of Michigan) (Co-chair)
Meinrat O. Andreae (Max Planck Institute for Chemistry)
Johann G. Goldammer (Max Planck Institute for Chemistry / Global Fire Monitoring Center)
Jean-Marie Grégoire (Joint Research Center) (tentative)
Chris O. Justice (University of Maryland)
Catherine Liousse (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)
Michael Prather (University of California, Irvine)
Brian J. Stocks (Canadian Forest Service) 

For more information: Please re-visit this web page regularly.

Contacts of Workshop Co-chairs:

Eric Kasischke <
Joyce Penner <


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