The Effects Of Carbon Emission From Tropical And Subtropical Ecosystems

1393 Words Apr 30th, 2015 6 Pages
Understanding the effects of carbon emission from tropical and subtropical ecosystems’ fires is crucial for understanding the potential influence they can have. The fluctuation in tropical fires can change the interannual change and the long-term motifs in carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere. These fluctuations and other variables can lead to extreme, catastrophic fire events in the tropics and subtropics (which is determined here as 38 degrees South latitude to 38 degrees North latitude). The paper examines this spatial parameter in the years of 1998-2001. The paper examines peak fire times for different countries and regions. The paper also looked at relative burn area compared to a certain country or region. New approaches have been developed over the last two decades for estimating carbon emissions from fires. Different variables were determined like the average combustion factor for a biome level. Direct and indirect carbon losses can affect the Net Primary Production (NPP). Seasonal dynamics can play an important role in dispersal and uptake of carbon. Unfortunately, there are a lot of variables that can’t be measured very well. These are the variables that are needed for calculating carbon losses due to fire: burned area, fuel loading, combustion factors, and fire-induced mortality rates. The greatest effect of seasonal carbon flux occurs with the extremely productive Savanna regions, which a lot of experience annual fires. The effects on…
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