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https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-15-5259-2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-15-5259-2015
Research article
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13 May 2015
Research article |  | 13 May 2015

Greenhouse gas emissions from laboratory-scale fires in wildland fuels depend on fire spread mode and phase of combustion

N. C. Surawski, A. L. Sullivan, C. P. Meyer, S. H. Roxburgh, and P. J. Polglase

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By undertaking greenhouse gas emissions measurements (plus CO) in a combustion wind tunnel facility, we show that emissions from fire depend on how they spread relative to the wind. Statistically significant differences include fires spreading with the wind emitting twice as much CO as fires spreading perpendicular to or against the wind, and about 10-17% more carbon dioxide. Our results suggest that judicious use of ignition patterns could mitigate carbon emissions from forest fires.
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