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Spatial and temporal trends in distribution of forest fires in Central and Eastern EuropeAuthor(s): Ryszard Szczygieł; Barbara Ubysz; Tomasz Zawiła-Niedźwiecki
Source: In: Bytnerowicz, Andrzej; Arbaugh, Michael; Andersen, Christian; Riebau, Allen. 2009. Wildland Fires and Air Pollution. Developments in Environmental Science 8. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Elsevier. pp. 233-246.
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DescriptionForest in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) covers 56,285,000 ha (5% of European total forested area). Forest cover in CEE makes 30% of land use. Almost 50% of the forest under study is formed by coniferous species and only 30% by deciduous ones. Forest younger than 60 years old grows on 57% of that area. These factors, together with climate conditions cause that on the main part of CEE middle forest fire risk is noted. Between 1991 and 2001 some 387,680 fires burning 757,000 ha were noted in CEE. The most hazardous situation is observed in Poland where over 60% of fires and burns happen. Forest Research Institute in Warsaw has prepared a method of emission calculation based on the Polish experience. As the type of forest and environmental condition in the described area are similar, some calculations on emissions from neighbor countries, based on FAO’s forest fire statistics were elaborated.
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CitationSzczygieł, Ryszard; Ubysz, Barbara; Zawiła-Niedźwiecki, Tomasz. 2009. Spatial and temporal trends in distribution of forest fires in central and eastern Europe. In: Bytnerowicz, Andrzej; Arbaugh, Michael; Andersen, Christian; Riebau, Allen 2009. Wildland Fires and Air Pollution. Developments in Environmental Science 8. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Elsevier. pp. 233-246.
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