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Hurricanes, Forests and the Carbon Cycle


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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