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Contribution To Climate Change Of Forest Fires In Spain: Emissions And Loss Of Sequestration



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Enriquez de Salamanca, Álvaro (2019) Contribution To Climate Change Of Forest Fires In Spain: Emissions And Loss Of Sequestration. Journal of Sustainable Forestry . pp. 1-15. ISSN 1054-9811, ESSN: 1540-756X

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Official URL: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10549811.2019.1673779?journalCode=wjsf20


Forest fires contribute to climate change mainly due to emission of greenhouse gases by biomass burning and loss of sequestration by sink destruction. The average contribution in Spain between 1998 and 2015 was 9,494,910 Mg CO2 eq per year, 23.8% from biomass burning and 76.2% from loss of carbon sequestration, the latter three times higher than the former, although the emissions from combustion are usually the only accounted. Regarding to the vegetation burned, 43.6% of emissions come from forest (17.7% conifers, 4.8% hardwoods and 21.1% Eucalyptus), 53.7% from scrublands and 2.7% from grasslands. The loss of sequestration is 6.6% in the fire year and by 93.4% in previous years. Scrubland burning produces a greater amount of emissions than forests, but forest regeneration is slower, with greater influence on the loss of sequestration. It is essential a forest management focused on increase fire resilience and adaptation to climate change, increase the effectiveness of extinction works to reduce fire damages and implement actions to recover the burnt vegetation, because the loss of sinks is a critical aspect.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Wildfires; Greenhouse gases; GHG inventories; Sink destruction
Subjects:Medical sciences > Biology > Ecology
Humanities > Geography > Meteorology
ID Code:58579
Deposited On:17 Jan 2020 09:10
Last Modified:17 Jan 2020 09:10

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