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The wildland fire emission inventory: western United States emission estimates and an evaluation of uncertainty

Author(s): Shawn P. Urbanski, Wei Min Hao, Bryce L. Nordgren
Year Published: 2011
Description:

Biomass burning emission inventories serve as critical input for atmospheric chemical transport models that are used to understand the role of biomass fires in the chemical composition of the atmosphere, air quality, and the climate system. Significant progress has been achieved in the development of regional and global biomass burning emission inventories over the past decade using satellite remote sensing technology for fire detection and burned area mapping. However, agreement among biomass burning emission inventories is frequently poor. Furthermore, the uncertainties of the emission estimates are typically not well characterized, particularly at the spatio-temporal scales pertinent to regional air quality modeling. We present the Wildland Fire Emission Inventory (WFEI), a high resolution model for non-agricultural open biomass burning (hereafter referred to as wildland fires, WF) in the contiguous United States (CONUS). The model combines observations from the MODerate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) sensors on the Terra and Aqua satellites, meteorological analyses, fuel loading maps, an emission factor database, and fuel condition and fuel consumption models to estimate emissions from WF.

Citation: Urbanski, S. P.; Hao, W. M.; Nordgren, B. 2011. The wildland fire emission inventory: western United States emission estimates and an evaluation of uncertainty. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. 11: 12973-13000.
Topic(s): Fire Effects, Ecological - First Order, Emissions, Smoke & Air Quality, Smoke Emissions
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Book or Chapter or Journal Article
NRFSN number: 8356
FRAMES RCS number: 13481
Record updated: Nov 14, 2017