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05/04/2011

Hurricanes, Forests and the Carbon Cycle

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Jeff Chambers of the Earth Sciences Division is leading an effort to develop computer models that show how the destruction of forest trees and ecosystems by hurricanes can be a source of carbon emissions with a significant adverse impact on the carbon cycle. Hurricane Katrina, for example, detroyed roughly 320 million trees, the equivalent, in terms of the carbon cycle, of a 10-percent increase in U.S. fossil fuel emissions for a year.

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