Environmental Impact of Prescribed and Wildfire - Emissions Management

Fuel reduction burning emissions

How does fuel reduction burning influence forest carbon storage and carbon dioxide emissions to the atmosphere

When a forest burns, carbon and greenhouse gases are emitted into the atmosphere. This research aims to determine the amount of greenhouse gases that are released in a bushfire, and how this affects the environment and the amounts of stored carbon in a forest. This knowledge will help reduce the environmental impact of fuel-reduction burning.

The project also aims to better understand the cost-benefit of fuel-reduction burning versus wildfire on stored carbon in forests. This involves measuring the carbon in bark, in wood on the forest floor, in the vegetation, and in the forest litter and soil.

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