Carbon Emissions from Fires: Jan 2003 - Jan 2022

  • Released Tuesday, September 13, 2022
  • Updated Tuesday, February 14, 2023 at 4:29PM
  • ID: 5012

This visualization uses the Global Fire Emissions Database version 4 to show the weekly carbon emissions from fires from January 2003 through January 2022. The data has a spatial resolution of 0.25 degrees in both latitude and longitude. The monthly fire carbon emissions with small fires from the GFED4s dataset was multiplied by the daily fractional contribution to get the daily carbon emission. This was summed over each 7-day period beginning on January 1st each year. Day of year 365 (and day 366 in leap years) was not included.

The perceptually uniform color scales used in this visualization were developed by Peter Koversi and are available here. See Peter Kovesi. Good Colour Maps: How to Design Them. arXiv:1509.03700 [cs.GR] 2015 for additional information.

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Datasets used in this visualization

GFED4s (A.K.A. Global Fire Emissions Database, Version 4.1)
Data Compilation

This fourth version of the Global Fire Emissions Database (GFED4s) provides monthly burned area, fire carbon (C) and dry matter (DM) emissions, and the contribution of different fire types to these emissions in order to calculate trace gas and aerosol emissions using emission factors.

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