Matthew D Hurteau

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BACKGROUND Forests can sequester carbon dioxide, thereby reducing atmospheric concentrations and slowing global warming. In the U.S., forest carbon stocks have increased as a result of regrowth following land abandonment and in-growth due to fire suppression, and they currently sequester approximately 10% of annual US emissions. This ecosystem service is(More)
T he atmosphere is, by its very nature, a global commons (Hardin 1968) and addressing rising atmospheric greenhouse-gas (GHG) concentrations requires international cooperation among the major carbon (C)-emitting countries. One mechanism that has been widely considered for mitigating climate change is the " offset " , whereby removal of carbon dioxide (CO 2)(More)
BACKGROUND One controversial issue in the larger cap-and-trade debate is the proper use and certification of carbon offsets related to changes in land management. Advocates of an expanded offset supply claim that inclusion of such activities would expand the scope of the program and lower overall compliance costs, while opponents claim that it would weaken(More)
Forests are a significant part of the global carbon cycle and are increasingly viewed as tools for mitigating climate change. Natural disturbances, such as fire, can reduce carbon storage. However, many forests and dependent species evolved with frequent fire as an integral ecosystem process. We used a landscape forest simulation model to evaluate the(More)
Social Media For timely updates on energy and environmentally-related news and announcements, we invite you to follow PSIEE on Twitter or like us on Facebook. News Highlights and Announcements Jennifer Balch: Invasive grass fuels increased fire activity in the West An invasive grass species may be one reason fires are bigger and more frequent in certain(More)
Fire suppression and changing climate have resulted in increased large wildfire frequency and severity in the western United States, causing carbon cycle impacts. Forest thinning and prescribed burning reduce high-severity fire risk, but require removal of biomass and emissions of carbon from burning. During each fire a fraction of the burning vegetation(More)
Climate projections for the southwestern US suggest a warmer, drier future and have the potential to impact forest carbon (C) sequestration and post-fire C recovery. Restoring forest structure and surface fire regimes initially decreases total ecosystem carbon (TEC), but can stabilize the remaining C by moderating wildfire behavior. Previous research has(More)
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