Journal article

Identifying and addressing knowledge gaps for improving greenhouse gas emissions estimates from tropical peat forest fires

L Volkova, H Krisnawati, WC Adinugroho, R Imanuddin, MA Qirom, PB Santosa, W Halwany, CJ Weston

Science of the Total Environment | Elsevier | Published : 2020


Tropical peatlands are areas of high carbon density that are important in biosphere-atmosphere interactions. Drainage and burning of tropical peatlands releases about 5% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, yet there is great uncertainty in these estimates. Our comprehensive literature review of parameters required to calculate GHG emissions from burnt peat forests, following the international guidelines, revealed many gaps in knowledge of carbon pools and few recent supporting studies. To improve future estimates of the total ecosystem carbon balance and peatfire emissions this study aimed to account for all carbon pools: aboveground, deadwood, pyrogenic carbon (PyC) and peat of single..

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Awarded by Australian Government

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Asia-Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation (APFNet) and the Australian Government through the project "Improving capacities towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions from peat swamp forest fires in Indonesia" (Project ID: 2018P5-IND).