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Volume 13, issue 12
Biogeosciences, 13, 3717–3734, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-3717-2016
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Biogeosciences, 13, 3717–3734, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-3717-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 28 Jun 2016

Research article | 28 Jun 2016

Biomass burning fuel consumption dynamics in the tropics and subtropics assessed from satellite

Niels Andela et al.

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Landscape fires occur on a large scale in savannas and grasslands, affecting ecosystems and air quality. We combined two satellite-derived datasets to derive fuel consumption per unit of area burned for savannas and grasslands in the (sub)tropics. Fire return periods, vegetation productivity, vegetation type and human land management were all important drivers of its spatial distribution. The results can be used to improve fire emission modelling and management or to detect ecosystem degradation.
Landscape fires occur on a large scale in savannas and grasslands, affecting ecosystems and air...
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