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Estimation of Emissions from Sugarcane Field Burning in Thailand Using Bottom-Up Country-Specific Activity Data

Open burning in sugarcane fields is recognized as a major source of air pollution. However, the assessment of its emission intensity in many regions of the world still lacks information, especially regarding country-specific activity data including biomass fuel load and combustion factor. A site survey was conducted covering 13 sugarcane plantations subject to different farm management practices and climatic conditions. The results showed that pre-harvest and post-harvest burnings are the two main practices followed in Thailand. In 2012, the total production of sugarcane biomass fuel,i.e., dead, dry and fresh leaves, amounted to 10.15 million tonnes, which is equivalent to a fuel density of 0.79 kg·m−2. The average combustion factor for the pre-harvest and post-harvest burning systems was determined to be 0.64 and 0.83, respectively.

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Document type Reports, journal articles, and research papers (including theses and dissertations)
Language of document
  • English
  • Agricultural processing
  • Air pollution
  • Pollution and waste
  • Sugarcane
Geographic area (spatial range)
  • Thailand
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Savitri Garivait, Email:; Tel.: +66-24-7083-0910 (ext. 4134).

Author (individual) Sornpoon, Wilaiwan
Co-author (individual) Bonnet, Sébastien; Kasemsap, Poonpipope; Prasertsak, Praphan; Garivait, Savitri
ISSN number 2073-4433
Publisher MDPI
Publication date 2014
Pagination 17
General note

Atmosphere, Volume 5,669-685

Keywords biomass,emission inventory,open burning,combustion efficiency
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Date modified August 31, 2020, 03:35 (UTC)