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New Techniques Improve National Emissions Inventory for Wildland Fire

Photo of Snapshot : The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is using new techniques to create the next national emissions inventory for wildland fire

Principal Investigators(s) :
Larkin, Sim 
Research Station : Pacific Northwest Research Station (PNW)
Year : 2012
Highlight ID : 76


The EPA's National Emissions Inventory is a comprehensive estimate of emitted air pollutants. The inventory is prepared every 3 years and includes emissions from prescribed and wildfire wildland fires. This inventory forms the basis of regulatory modeling, policy decisions, State and Federal air-quality plans, and reports on global greenhouse gasses.

Forest Service scientists worked with numerous stakeholders including Federal agencies, regional planning organizations, State agencies, air-quality regulators, and the EPA to significantly improve the national emissions inventory for wildland fire. The inventory now significantly improves overall estimates of fire size, fuel loading, fuel consumption, and emissions by using additional data sets and a new methodology for combining and reconciling disparate data sets into a unified data stream.

The Forest Service's Fire and Aviation Management unit has expanded this effort to create a 10-year climatology of wildland fire (prescribed fire and wildfire). Development of additional techniques is being funded by a research grant from the Joint Fire Sciences Program.

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

  • USDA Forest Service Fire and Aviation Management
  • Department of Interior
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Joint Fire Science Program
  • Michigan Technology Research Institute
  • National Wildfire Coordinating Group Smoke Committee
  • Sonoma Technology, Inc.

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