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Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Wei Min Hao; Narasimhan K. Larkin
Publication Date: April 2014

Biomass burning is a major source of greenhouse gases, aerosols, black carbon, and atmospheric pollutants that affects regional and global climate and air quality. The spatial and temporal extent of fires and the size of burned areas are critical parameters in the estimation of fire emissions. Tremendous efforts have been made in the past 12 years to characterize the variability of fire locations and burned areas using high frequency satellite observations (e.g., MODIS, GOES) and improved ground-based reports. We describe and compare the major global and regional (e.g., western United States) burned area products and summarize their major findings. The various ground-based reporting systems and the data quality on fire characteristics and burned areas are examined, and we summarize the major knowledge gaps and recommend further improvements in our understanding of fire activity and burned areas. Published by Elsevier B.V.

Citation: Hao, W. M., and N. K. Larkin. 2014. Wildland fire emissions, carbon, and climate: wildland fire detection and burned area in the United States. Forest Ecology and Management 317:20-25.

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Alaska    California    Eastern    Great Basin    Hawaii    Northern Rockies    Northwest    Rocky Mountain    Southern    Southwest    National
  • air quality
  • biomass burning
  • biomass burning
  • burned area
  • C - carbon
  • fire management
  • fire size
  • forest management
  • MODIS - Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer
  • MTBS - Monitoring Trends in Burn Severity
  • remote sensing
  • wildfires
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