Biomass Burning and Global Change
Biomass Burning in the Tropical and Temperate Ecosystems v. 2
Volume editor Joel S. Levine
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Biomass Burning and Global Change by Joel S. Levine
Book DescriptionThe 1989 report of the National Research Council, Global Change and Our Common Future states: "Our planet and global environment are witnessing the most profound changes in the brief history of the human species. Human activity is the major agent of those changes -- depletion of stratospheric ozone, the threat of global warming, deforestation, acid precipitation, the extinction of species, and others that have not become apparent." One human activity that leads to all of these global changes is the burning of the world's living and dead vegetation. And human-initiated biomass burning has increased significantly over the last century.Biomass Burning and Global Change assesses the impact of biomass burning as a driver for global change. The two volumes bring together the most recent results of a massive climatic research project in over 80 contributions by more than 200 scientists representing a dozen different countries. The contributions are divided into the tropical, temperate, and boreal regions of the world, and many of the contributors are from countries where burning is widespread.All aspects of biomass burning are covered -- from fire ecology to atmospheric chemistry and climate. Topics include the remote sensing of fires from space, the characteristics and ecology of fire, gaseous and particulate emissions from burning, and the impact of these emissions on the chemistry of the troposphere and stratosphere and on global climate.There are also results of recent national and international experiments on biomass burning, including the international South African Fire-Atmosphere Research Initiative (SAFARI) and Bor Forest Island Experiment in Siberia, part of the Fire Research Campaign Asia-North (FIRESCAN), and the U.S. Smoke, Clouds, and Radiation (SCAR) Experiment. Several chapters deal with the Kuwaiti oil fires and their environmental impacts.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780262122023
(280mm x 216mm x 33mm)
Imprint: MIT Press
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Publish Date: 3-Mar-1997
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Joel S. Levine
Biomass Burning and Global Change, Hardback (March 1997)
This text assesses the impact of biomass burning as a driver for global change. It is one of two volumes bringing together the results of a climatic research project in over 80 contributions by more than 200 scientists representing 12 different countries, covering all aspects of biomass burning.
Global Biomass Burning, Hardback (February 1992)» View all books by Joel S. Levine
This comprehensive volume is the first to consider biomass burning as a global phenomenon and to assess its impact on the atmosphere, on climate, and on the biosphere itself.
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Author Biography - Joel S. Levine
Joel S. Levine is Senior Research Scientist in the Atmospheric Sciences Division, NASA Langley Research Center and is the Principal Investigator of NASA's research program on global biomass burning, Biospheric Research Program, Office of Space Sciences and Applications.
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