Definition of 4E Prescribed Burning of Savannas Source Category
Emissions of CH4, CO, N2O, and NOx from the burning of savannas*. Savannas are burned to control the growth of vegetation, remove pests and weeds, promote the nutrient cycle and to encourage the growth of new grass for animal grazing. CO2 from savanna burning is noted for information but is not included in the inventory total since it is assumed that anequivalent amount of CO2 is removed by regrowing vegetation in the following year.
*Savannas are tropical and subtropical formations with continuous grass cover, occasionally interrupted by trees and shrubs, which exist in Africa, Latin America, Asia, and Australia.
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Revised 1996 Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories. Houghton, J.T., Meira Filho, L.G., Lim, B., Tréanton, K., Mamaty, I., Bonduki, Y., Griggs, D.J. and Callander, B.A. (Eds).. IPCC/OECD/IEA, 1997.
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