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dc.contributor.authorVolkova, L
dc.contributor.authorMeyer, CPM
dc.contributor.authorMurphy, S
dc.contributor.authorFairman, T
dc.contributor.authorReisen, F
dc.contributor.authorWeston, C
dc.identifier.citationVolkova, L., Meyer, C. P. M., Murphy, S., Fairman, T., Reisen, F. & Weston, C. (2014). Fuel reduction burning mitigates wildfire effects on forest carbon and greenhouse gas emission. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF WILDLAND FIRE, 23 (6), pp.771-780.
dc.description.abstractA high-intensity wildfire burnt through a dry Eucalyptus forest in south-eastern Australia that had been fuel reduced with fire 3 months prior, presenting a unique opportunity to measure the effects of fuel reduction (FR) on forest carbon and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from wildfires at the start of the fuel accumulation cycle. Less than 3% of total forest carbon to 30-cm soil depth was transferred to the atmosphere in FR burning; the subsequent wildfire transferred a further 6% to the atmosphere. There was a 9% loss in carbon for the FR–wildfire sequence. In nearby forest, last burnt 25 years previously, the wildfire burning transferred 16% of forest carbon to the atmosphere and was characterised by more complete combustion of all fuels and less surface charcoal deposition, compared with fuel-reduced forest. Compared to the fuel-reduced forests, release of non-CO2 GHG doubled following wildfire in long-unburnt forest. Although this is the maximum emission mitigation likely within a planned burning cycle, it suggests a significant potential for FR burns to mitigate GHG emissions in forests at high risk from wildfires.
dc.titleFuel reduction burning mitigates wildfire effects on forest carbon and greenhouse gas emission
dc.typeJournal Article
melbourne.affiliation.departmentSchool of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences
melbourne.source.titleInternational Journal of Wildland Fire
melbourne.contributor.authorVolkova, Liubov
melbourne.contributor.authorMurphy, Simon
melbourne.contributor.authorFairman, Thomas
melbourne.contributor.authorWeston, Christopher
melbourne.contributor.authorFairman, Thomas
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