OSU study revises forest fire carbon estimate

OSU study revises forest fire carbon estimate

29 January 2010

published by www.ktvz.com

USA — EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – Oregon State University researchers say the state’s forest fires may play less of a role than thought in contributing to climate change.

The researchers studied the area burned in the Metolius River area in 2002 and 2003, and concluded that the fires produced only 2.5 percent of Oregon’s yearly carbon emissions in both those years. The researchers also found that most of the carbon released during the fires came from burning material on the forest floor rather than the trees themselves, and that quick regrowth of brush and grasses helps reduce the greenhouse-gas effects because they absorb more carbon than they release.

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