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trace gas emissions from burning florida wetlandsMeasurements of biomass burn-produced trace gases were obtained using a helicopter at low altitudes above burning Florida wetlands on November 9, 1987, and from both helicopter and light-aircraft samplings on November 7, 1988. Carbon dioxide normalized emission ratios for carbon monoxide, hydrogen, methane, total nonmethane hydrocarbons, and nitrous oxide were obtained over burning graminoid wetlands consisting primarily of Spartina bakeri and Juncus roemerianus. Some interspersed scrub oak and saw palmetto were also burned. No significant differences were observed in the emission ratios determined for these gases from samples collected over flaming, mixed, and smoldering phases of combustion during the 1987 fire. Combustion-categorized differences in emission ratios were small for the 1988 fire. Combustion efficiency was relatively good (low emission ratios for reduced gases) for both fires. It is believed that the consistently low emission ratios were a unique result of graminoid wetlands fires, in which the grasses and rushes burned rapidly down to standing water and were quickly extinguished. Consequently, the efficiency of the combustion was good and the amount and duration of smoldering combustion was greatly deminished.
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Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Cofer, Wesley R., III
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Levine, Joel S.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Lebel, Peter J.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Winstead, Edward L.
(ST Systems Corp. Hampton, VA, United States)
Koller, Albert M., Jr.
(NASA Kennedy Space Center Cocoa Beach, FL, United States)
Hinkle, C. Ross
(NASA Kennedy Space Center; Bionetics Corp. Cocoa Beach, FL, United States)
Date Acquired
August 14, 2013
Publication Date
February 20, 1990
Publication Information
Publication: Journal of Geophysical Research
Volume: 95
ISSN: 0148-0227
Subject Category
Distribution Limits