Articles | Volume 13, issue 7
Biogeosciences, 13, 2137–2149, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-2137-2016
Biogeosciences, 13, 2137–2149, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-2137-2016

Research article 13 Apr 2016

Research article | 13 Apr 2016

Non-deforestation fire vs. fossil fuel combustion: the source of CO2 emissions affects the global carbon cycle and climate responses

Jean-Sébastien Landry and H. Damon Matthews

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We simulated both fire pulses and stable fire regimes and found the resulting climatic impacts to be irreconcilable with equivalent amounts of CO2 emissions produced by fossil fuel combustion. Consequently, side-by-side comparisons of fire and fossil fuel CO2 emissions—implicitly implying that they have similar effects—should be avoided. Our study calls for the explicit representation of fire in climate models in order to improve our understanding of its impacts in the Earth system.
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