Atmospheric CO2 levels are inexorably increasing as we continue to burn more and more fossil fuels and clear forests. The rate of increase each year is highly variable though, and this variability is largely associated with carbon fluxes from terrestrial processes. Recently fire has been recognized as a significant contributor to this variability responding to climate and land management. In this talk I will highlight the contributions of fire to carbon trace gases in the atmosphere and discuss the role fire in tropical deforestation.
About Our Speaker
Jim Collatz is a research scientist in the Biospheric Sciences Branch at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center where he has worked since 1993. His research involves the terrestrial carbon cycle and its contributions to atmospheric composition.