Description

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

Readership

environmental scientists, foresters, geophysicians, ecologists, environmental geologists

Details

No. of pages:
686
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2009
Published:
Imprint:
Elsevier Science
Print ISBN:
9780080556093
Electronic ISBN:
9780080560496

About the editors

Andrzej Bytnerowicz

Affiliations and Expertise

USDA Forest Service, Riverside, CA, USA

Michael Arbaugh

Affiliations and Expertise

USDA Forest Service, Riverside, CA, USA

Allen Riebau

Affiliations and Expertise

USDA Forest Service, Riverside, CA, USA

Christian Andersen

Affiliations and Expertise

US Environmental Protection Agency, OR, USA