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Title

Wildfire-induced reduction in the carbon storage of Mediterranean ecosystems: an application to brush and forest fires impacts assessment
Document Type: Journal
Author(s): Juan Ramón Molina Martínez ; Miguel Angel Herrera Machuca ; Francisco Rodríguez y Silva
Publication Year: 2019

Cataloging Information

Keyword(s):
  • biomass consumption
  • carbon fixation
  • carbon pools
  • fire intensity
  • net value change
  • Spain
Region(s):
  • International
Record Maintained By:
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Record Last Modified: March 12, 2019
FRAMES Record Number: 57433

Description

Wildfire is one of the most dangerous and harmful phenomena in the world. Hence, fire impacts assessment could become very important in forest areas according to its environmental and landscape values. This paper suggests an approach to identify fire effects on biomass, in consonance with the potential carbon storage of each area used, and its biomass consumption based on fire behavior. Dense mature forests were the most vulnerable landscapes based on its aboveground biomass, mainly tree stem biomass. A significant correlation was found between fire intensity and biomass consumption. Biomass consumption ranged from 16.59% to 98.75% from the two studied wildfires. It is necessary to provide a scenario analysis according to the uncertain CO2 market. As an example, carbon storage impacts in one fire were between 100,340.66 € (using the minimum price of CO2) and 741,057.44 € (using the maximum price of CO2). Differences between scenarios ranged from 35.30% to 46.51% of the total carbon storage impacts. This approach might be a solution to identify and prioritize areas for restoration activities and optimize the allocation of the resources.

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Citation:
Martínez, Juan Ramón Molina; Herrera, Miguel Angel; Rodríguez y Silva, Francisco. 2019. Wildfire-induced reduction in the carbon storage of Mediterranean ecosystems: an application to brush and forest fires impacts assessment. Environmental Impact Assessment Review 76:88-97.