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Project ID: 11-3-1-30

Year: 2011

Date Started: 08/01/2011

Date Completed: 07/05/2012

Title: Masticated Fuels and Carbon Storage: Effects of Particle Size and Fuel Moisture on Black Carbon Production

Project Proposal Abstract: Currently stand-level carbon assessments have not included the fraction of biomass converted to black carbon during a fire event. This proposal builds off a current research project evaluating the effects of repeated burning of masticated fuels have on long-term black carbon storage. Custom masticated fuel beds have been constructed to burn and quantify black carbon production. We propose additional research to include the testing of two additional variables potentially influencing black carbon production rates, 1) fuel bed particle sizes mixtures and 2) fire intensity through changes in fuel moisture. This research will improve our understanding how specific fire and fuels variables influence black carbon production.

Principal Investigator: Alistair M. Smith

Agency/Organization: University of Idaho

Branch or Dept: Department of Forest Resources

Other Project Collaborators




Branch or Dept

Agreements Contact

Cathryn L Knock

University of Idaho

Office of Sponsored Programs

Budget Contact

Cathryn L Knock

University of Idaho

Office of Sponsored Programs

Co-Principal Investigator

Nolan W. Brewer

University of Idaho

College of Natural Resources

Project Locations

Fire Science Exchange Network




Great Basin

Great Plains

Lake States

Oak Woodlands

Northern Rockies

Northern Rockies




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Project Deliverables

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("Results presented in JFSP Final Reports may not have been peer-reviewed and should be interpreted as tentative until published in a peer-reviewed source.")

  ID Type Title
view or print   3532 Journal Article Journal of Geophysical Research
view or print   283 MS Thesis Influences of Fuel Moisture and Repeated Burning on Black Carbon Production and Loss in Masticated Fuels: An Experimental Combustion Study (N.W. Brewer)
view or print   6825 Poster Fire Frequency and Black Carbon in Masticated Fuels
view or print   6684 Training Session Controls on Black Carbon Production and Loss in Masticated Fuels: An Experimental Approach
view or print   6297 Photo Sorting of the Masticated Fuel Particles into the Separate Size Classes Prior to Fuel Bed Construction
view or print   6298 Photo The Masticated Fuel Bed Just After Ignition
view or print   6299 Photo Post-Fire Remains Following a Burn Trial
view or print   6814 Photo The Assembled Masticated Fuel Bed Ready for Burning

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