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Biomass Burning

Projects: 
Spatial Coverage: 
Central & South America, Africa, Tropical Asia
Temporal Coverage: 
01/01/1980 - 12/31/1980
Definition/Description: 

Biomass Burning:
This data set represents the geographical and temporal distribution of total amount of biomass burned. These data may be used in general circulation models (GCMs) and in photochemical models of the atmosphere.

Biomass burning includes the clearing of forests and savannas for agricultural and grazing use; shifting agriculture practices; the control of grass, weeds, and litter on agricultural and grazing lands; the elimination of stubble and waste on agricultural lands after the harvest; and the domestic use of biomass matter.