The interaction between smoke and air pollution creates a public health challenge. Fuels treatments proposed for National Forests are intended to reduce fuel accumulations and wildfire frequency and severity, as well as to protect property located in the wild land-urban interface. However, prescribed fires produce gases and aerosols that have instantaneous and long-term effects on air quality. If fuels treatment are not conducted, however, then wild land fires become more severe and frequent causing worse public health and wellfare effects. A better understanding of air pollution and smoke interactions is needed in order to protect the public health and allow for socially and ecologically acceptable use of fire as a management tool. This text offers such an understanding and examines innovative wide-scale monitoring efforts (field and remotely sensed), and development of models predicting spatial and temporal distribution of air pollution and smoke resulting from forests fires and other sources.

Key Features

* collaborative effort of an international team of scientists * high quality of invited chapters * full colour


environmental scientists, foresters, geophysicians, ecologists, environmental geologists

Table of Contents

Series Preface. Book Preface. Introduction. Section I. General Information and Emissions. Section II. Ambient Air Quality, Visibility and Human Health -Regional Perspectives. Section III. Ecological Impacts of Forest Firest and Air Pollution. Section IV. Management Issues. Section V. Concluding Section. LONG TOC Series Preface (DES Series Editor: Sagar Krupa) Book Preface (Book Editors: Andrzej Bytnerowicz, Michael Arbaugh, Christian Andersen and Al Riebau) Introduction (Andrzej Bytnerowicz, Michael Arbaugh, Christian Andersen and Al Riebau) Section I General Information and Emissions Impacts of vegetation fire emissions on the environment, human health and security a global perspective (Johann G. Goldammer, Meinrat O. Andreae and Milt Statheropoulos) Climatic and weather factors affecting fire occurrence and behavior (Francis M. Fujioka, A. Malcolm Gill, Domingos X. Viegas, B. Mike Wotton and Shyh-Chin Chen) Characterizing sources of forest fire emissions (Roger Ottmar, Ana Isabel Miranda, David Sandberg) Chemistry of wild land fire emissions (Wei Min Hao and Shawn Urbanski) Trace-gas emissions from burnings in forests and grasslands with emphasis on Brazil and California (Philip Riggan) The influence of grassfire on atmospheric environment (Sharon Zhong, C. B. Clements, G. Aumann, P. Potter, S. Goodrick, and X. Bian) Effects of wild land fire on regional and global carbon stocks in a changing environment (Allen Solomon and Sue Conard) Airborne remote sensing of wildland fires (Philip Riggan) Section II Ambient Air Quality, Visibility and Human Health - Regional Perspectives Effects of forest fires on air quality and visibility in North America (Douglas Fox, R


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