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Main Title Biomass Burning and the Production of Methane.
Author Levine, J. S. ; Cofer, W. R. ; Pinto, J. P. ;
CORP Author Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC. Atmospheric Research and Exposure Assessment Lab. ;National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Hampton, VA. Langley Research Center.
Publisher 22 Jan 92
Year Published 1992
Report Number EPA/600/A-92/221;
Stock Number PB93-119824
Additional Subjects Biomass ; Methane ; Air pollution ; Environmental impact assessments ; Combustion products ; Global aspects ; Forecasting ; Particles ; Pollution sources ; Carbon ; Carbon monoxide ; Non-methane hydrocarbons ; Combustion efficiency ;
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NTIS  PB93-119824 Most EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. Check with individual libraries about paper copy. NTIS 06/08/1993
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Abstract
Biomass burning and its environmental implications have also become important research elements of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program and the International Global Atmospheric Chemistry Project. The production of atmospheric methane (CH4) by biomass burning will be assessed. The production of methane and other gaseous and particle carbon species resulting from biomass burning will be outlined. Field measurements and laboratory studies to quantify the emission ratio of methane and other carbon species will be reviewed. The historic database suggests that global biomass burning is increasing with time and is controlled by human activities. Present estimates indicate that biomass burning contributes between about 20 to about 60 Teragrams per year of carbon in the form of methane to the atmosphere. This represents only 5 to 15% of the global annual emissions of methane. Measurements do indicate that biomass burning is the overwhelming source of CH4 in tropical Africa. However, if the rate of global biomass burning increases at the rate that it has been over the last few decades, then the production of methane from biomass burning may become much more important on a global scale in the future.