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Volume 13, issue 7 | Copyright
Biogeosciences, 13, 2137-2149, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-2137-2016
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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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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (11 Dec 2015) by Christopher A. Williams
AR by Jean-Sebastien Landry on behalf of the Authors (22 Dec 2015)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (01 Feb 2016) by Christopher A. Williams
RR by Wolfgang Knorr (01 Feb 2016)
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (16 Feb 2016)
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (16 Feb 2016) by Christopher A. Williams
AR by Jean-Sebastien Landry on behalf of the Authors (22 Mar 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (04 Apr 2016) by Christopher A. Williams
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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.
We simulated both fire pulses and stable fire regimes and found the resulting climatic impacts...
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