Science Inventory

BIOMASS BURNING AND THE PRODUCTION OF METHANE

Citation:

Levine, J., W. Cofer, III, AND J. Pinto. BIOMASS BURNING AND THE PRODUCTION OF METHANE. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C., EPA/600/A-92/221 (NTIS PB93119824).

Description:

Biomass burning and its environmental implications have also become important research elements of the International Geosphere-Bio sphere Program and the International Global Atmospheric Chemistry Project. he production of atmospheric methane (CH4) by biomass burning will be assessed. he production of methane and other gaseous and particle carbon species resulting from biomass burning will be outlined. ield measurements and laboratory studies to quantify the emission ratio f methane and other carbon species will be reviewed. he historic database suggests that global biomass burning is increasing with time and is controlled by human activities. resent 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. his 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. owever, 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.

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Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (REPORT)
Product Published Date: 05/24/2002
Record Last Revised: 12/10/2002
Record ID: 44021

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL EXPOSURE RESEARCH LABORATORY