Biomass Burning Project

Project Description
Scientific Objectives:
Biomass burning studies investigate the impact of particulates
produced during biomass burning on the radiation budget of the Earth
and the global climate.
Project Description:
The Langley Research Center (LaRC) Biomass Burning project involved
ground-based and airborne measurements of particulate and gaseous
emissions from burning in very diverse ecosystems. The impact of
burning on the biogeochemical cycling of nitrogen gases (nitric oxide
and nitrous oxide) from the soil the atmosphere was also measured.
Data Used and Produced:
Biomass Burning 5x5 degree data are in the form of biomass matter
burned in units of teragrams of dry biomass matter per month for the
peak burning month. For each 5 degree by 5 degree latitude by
longitude box, the following data are given: total amount of biomass
burned (T), amount of biomass burned in forest (F) fires, amount of
biomass burned in in Savanna (S) fires, and the month maximum burning.
Data are available for 1980. Each granule consist of one year of data
per region.
Project Archive Contact: Langley DAAC User Services Office
Mail Stop 157D
NASA Langley Research Center
Hampton, VA 23681-0001
Phone: (757) 864-8656
FAX: (757) 864-8807
DAAC Home Page:
Project Manager Contact: Dr. Joel S. Levine
Theoretical Studies Branch
Atmospheric Sciences Division
NASA Langley Research Center
Hampton, VA 23681-0001
Phone: (757) 864-5692
FAX: (757) 864-6326
Home Page:
Project Home Page:
Levine, J. S., 1992: Climate, The Encyclopedia of Earth System Science
(W. A. Nierenberg, Editor), Academic Press, Inc., Volume 1, page 503-515.
Levine, J. S. (Editor), 1991: Global Biomass Burning: Atmospheric, Climatic,
and Biospheric Implications, The MIT Press, Inc., 569 pages.
Levine, J. S., 1992: Ozone, Climate, and Global Atmospheric Change,
Science Activities, Vol. 29, No. 1, pp 10-16.
Levine, J. S., W. R. Cofer, D. R. Cahoon, and E. L. Winstead, 1995:
Biomass Burning: A Driver for Global Change, Environmental Science and
Technology, Volume 29, Number 3, pages 120A-125A.
Wei Min Hao and Mei-Huey Liu, Spatial and Temporal Distribution of
Tropical Biomass, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, Volume 8, No. 4,
pages 495-503, December 1994.