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Interest in biomass burning has been heightened by the recognition of its importance in a wide variety of earth and atmospheric processes. This paper is concerned with the study of biomass burning on various geographical scales and, more specifically, with the feasibility of producing regional and global assessments of emissions associated with the phenomenon. The approach which has been adopted is threefold. Firstly, current knowledge on biomass burning is reviewed, with particular reference to parameters which could be used for cross-scale analysis, based on papers prepared for the conference. Then a system to integrate the various sources of information and operate a fire information machine on regional to global scales is proposed; and finally the feasibility of incorporating classical fire behaviour and emission models into the new approach is assessed.

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Authors: MALINGREAU J-P ET AL., JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Dahlem Workshop on Global Changes in the Perspective of the Past, Berlin (DE), March 15-20, 1992
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 37081 ORA
Record Number: 199211141 / Last updated on: 1994-11-29
Original language: en
Available languages: en