Joseph B. Fontaine

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School of Environmental Science
Murdoch University
90 South Street
Murdoch , Western Australia 6150, Australia

Publications in Fire Ecology

Quantifying Char in Postfire Woody Detritus Inventories
Pages: 104-115
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0502104

Charred biomass generated by wildland fire has attracted increased interest as a functional component of terrestrial ecosystems. Black carbon (C) in the form of char is a widespread but unique material contributing to biogeochemical processes including long-term carbon storage and soil productivity. These functions have long been recognized by the biogeochemical and soil sciences, but have so far received little attention from wildland fire science. Fire scientists conducting postfire biomass (or fuel) inventories have an opportunity to quantify the formation of char on woody material, which is important to quantifying interactions between fire and global C dynamics.  [Read More]

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