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A new global burned area product for climate assessment of fire impacts

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posted on 07.04.2016, 10:23 by E. Chuvieco, C. Yue, A. Heil, F. Mouillot, I. Alonso-Canas, Marc Padilla, J. M. Pereira, D. Oom, Kevin J. Tansey
Aim This paper presents a new global burned area (BA) product developed within the framework of the European Space Agency's Climate Change Initiative (CCI) programme, along with a first assessment of its potentials for atmospheric and carbon cycle modelling. Innovation Methods are presented for generating a new global BA product, along with a comparison with existing BA products, in terms of BA extension, fire size and shapes and emissions derived from biomass burnings. Main conclusions Three years of the global BA product were produced, accounting for a total BA of between 360 and 380 Mha year−1. General omission and commission errors for BA were 0.76 and 0.64, but they decreased to 0.51 and 0.52, respectively, for sites with more than 10% BA. Intercomparison with other existing BA datasets found similar spatial and temporal trends, mainly with the BA included in the Global Fire Emissions Database (GFED4), although regional differences were found (particularly in the 2006 fires of eastern Europe). The simulated carbon emissions from biomass burning averaged 2.1 Pg C year−1.

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Citation

Global Ecology and Biogeography: a journal of macroecology, 2016

Author affiliation

/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING/Department of Geography/GIS and Remote Sensing

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Published in

Global Ecology and Biogeography: a journal of macroecology

Publisher

Wiley

issn

1466-822X

eissn

1466-8238

Acceptance date

22/12/2015

Copyright date

2016

Available date

07/04/2016

Publisher version

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/geb.12440/abstract

Language

en