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Título: Forest fires in Mediterranean countries: CO2 emissions and mitigation possibilities through prescribed burning
Autor: Fernandes, Paulo
Terhi, Vilén
Palavras-chave: Forest fires
Prescribed burning
CO2 emissions
Kyoto protocol
Data: 2011
Resumo: Forest fires are integral to the Mediterranean Basin but fire incidence has increased dramatically during the past decades and fire is expected to become more prevalent in the future due to climate change. Fuel modification by prescribed burning reduces the spread and intensity potential of subsequent wildfires. We used the most recent published data to calculate the average annual wildfire CO2 emissions in France, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain following the IPCC guidelines. The effect of prescribed burning on emissions was calculated for four scenarios of prescribed burning effectiveness based on data from Portugal. Results show that prescribed burning could have a considerable effect on the carbon balance of the Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) sector in Mediterranean countries. However, uncertainty in emission estimates remains large, and more accurate data is needed, especially regarding fuel load and fuel consumption in different vegetation types and fuel layers and the total area protected from wildfire per unit area treated by prescribed burning, i.e. the leverage of prescribed burning.
Revisão por Pares: yes
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10348/1499
metadata.dc.relation.publisherversion: doi:10.1007/s00267-011-9681-9
Tipo de Documento: Artigo
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