Journal article

Improving reporting of national greenhouse gas emissions from forest fires for emission reduction benefits: An example from Australia

Liubov Volkova, Stephen H Roxburgh, Nicholas C Surawski, CP Mick Meyer, Christopher J Weston



Forest fires are a significant contributor to global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Accurate reporting of GHG emissions from forest fires requires development of detailed methodologies and country specific data for estimating emissions. In recent years, Australia has updated its national methodology for reporting GHG emissions from fires on temperate forested lands, using a Tier 2 approach of the 2006 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories. This involved refinement of the equation for estimating GHG emissions from fires provided in the Guidance, and the revision of country specific data which was derived from a comprehensive liter..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors acknowledge funding from the Department of Environment and Energy for the revision of the National Greenhouse Gas Inventory parameters from which this publication is originated. We would like to thank State Agencies for sharing their fuel data. In particular, we thank Victorian Forest Monitoring Program (VFMP) of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning [DELWP], Victoria; Mike Wouters of the Department of Environment, Water & Natural Resources [DEWNR], South Australia; Adam Leavesley and Stephen Wilkes from ACT Parks and Conservation Service; Peter Leeson from Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service; Andrew Sturgess from Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and Melissa O'Halloran from NSW Rural Fire Service. We thank Marieke Sandker, FAO and Max Collett, Department of the Environment and Energy, Australia for useful comments on an earlier version of the manuscript.