Articles | Volume 12, issue 11
Biogeosciences, 12, 3579–3601, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-12-3579-2015
Biogeosciences, 12, 3579–3601, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-12-3579-2015

Research article 10 Jun 2015

Research article | 10 Jun 2015

Daily burned area and carbon emissions from boreal fires in Alaska

S. Veraverbeke et al.

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We developed a statistical model of daily carbon consumption by fire for Alaska at 450m resolution between 2001 and 2012. We used field measurements from black spruce forests in Alaska to build nonlinear multiplicative models predicting carbon consumption by fire in response to environmental variables. Our analysis highlights the importance of accounting for the spatial heterogeneity within fuels and consumption when extrapolating emissions in space and time.
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