Navigation Links
Book explores global implications of wildland fire smoke
Date:11/3/2008

An international team of scientists offer a compendium of air pollution research in a new book that explores smoke impacts on humans and the environment, while addressing the challenges of finding socially-acceptable uses of fire as a land management tool.

The 686-page book includes 26 research papers written by 85 experts from various science disciplines who studied smoke impacts in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia from prehistoric times to the present day for a deeper understanding of fire effects on local and global air quality.

"We intended to give an overview of what we know of how wildland fires affect air pollution, whether they are unintentionally or intentionally set," said Andrzej Bytnerowicz, a U.S. Forest Service scientist at the Pacific Southwest Research Station who edited the book. "We wanted to provide managers specific options for dealing with this environmental challenge."

"Wildland Fires and Air Pollution, Volume Eight" is divided into four sections that begins with a description of how fire as a major land-use tool was first documented in the Middle Ages and has been increasingly applied. It continues with an explanation of how current climatic conditions affect fire occurrence and global carbon stocks.

The second section offers regional perspectives by assessing the impact of what scientists call "mega-fire" events in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia. It includes a discussion of how smoke that crosses continents and oceans affects global air quality. Radioactive emissions from fires that burn through the contaminated Chernobyl Power Plant Exclusion Zone in Ukraine is also examined in one of the section's chapters.

Much of the third section provides insight into the potential interactive effects of climate change, fires and air pollution on western North American ecosystems. Anticipating the magnitude of ecosystem change will help land managers and scientists plan for it, according to the authors.

The fourth section presents current tools for predicting fire behavior, smoke dispersal and ozone levels, along with ways to manage forests affected by air pollution, climate change and fire suppression.

The editors conclude the book with an assessment of further research needs to help managers dealing with the interaction of wildland fires, air pollution, climate change and the use of fire as a land management tool.


'/>"/>

Contact: Roland Giller
rgiller@fs.fed.us
510-559-6327
US Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. Technical report explores role of lichens as bioindicators
2. International symposium explores fire suppression economics
3. Research explores role of hydrogen peroxide in cell health
4. New report explores tourisms impact on rural Alaska community
5. Global methane levels on the rise again
6. Stanford researchers: Global warming is killing frogs and salamanders in Yellowstone Park
7. Climate change expert to discuss grim global warming predictions
8. Study helps clarify role of soil microbes in global warming
9. Earlier global warming produced a whole new form of life
10. Global Viral Forecasting Initiative receives $11M to implement pandemic early warning system
11. Global warming threatens Australias iconic kangaroos
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:11/16/2016)... 2016 Sensory Inc ., a ... for consumer electronics, and VeriTran , a ... industry, today announced a global partnership that will ... authenticate users of mobile banking and mobile payments ... software which requires no specialized biometric scanners, yet ...
(Date:11/14/2016)... , Nov. 14, 2016  Based on ... market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes FST Biometrics ... Award for Visionary Innovation Leadership. FST Biometrics ... biometric identification market by pioneering In Motion ... for instant, seamless, and non-invasive verification. This ...
(Date:6/22/2016)... -- On Monday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) ... for the Biometric Exit Program. The Request for Information ... explains that CBP intends to add biometrics to confirm ... States , in order to deter visa overstays, ... Logo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160622/382209LOGO ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:12/7/2016)... Mich. , Dec. 7, 2016 Neogen ... has named Dr. Dan Kephart as its ... company. Kephart will assume his responsibilities at Neogen effective ... and development director for the agribusiness unit of Thermo ... safety development at Life Technologies. His extensive industry experience ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... CALGARY , Dec. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ - Zenith Capital Corp. ... update that will be presented at the Company,s Annual and ... Meeting of Shareholders will take place on Thursday, December 15, ... Ross Glenn Hall (Room EC1040), 4825 Mount Royal Gate ... am (MST). A notice of meeting and management information circular, ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... Dec. 7, 2016  Biocom, the association for the ... below following passage of 21 st Century Cures legislation ... 30 by a 392-26 vote and in the Senate on ... attributed to Joe Panetta , president & CEO of ... give hope to millions of patients around the world. The ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... , Dec. 7, 2016  Vyriad Inc. announced ... to the company,s Board of Directors. "We ... we build our business and develop our oncolytic viruses ... therapy," said Stephen Russell , MD, PhD, CEO ... , share our vision and passion for making a ...
Breaking Biology Technology: