Paper No. 8
Presentation Time: 3:00 PM


SCOTT, Andrew C., Department of Earth Sciences, Royal Holloway University of London, Egham, TW20 0EX, United Kingdom, GLASSPOOL, Ian J., Department of Geology, Field Museum of Natural History, 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605 and SHAO, Longyi, School of Geosciences and Survey Engineering, China University of Mining and Technology, Beijing, 100083, China,

There are clear connections between the changes in atmospheric CO2, climate and vegetation change from the Pennsylvanian through to the end of the Permian. However, studies of charcoal in coal suggest that there are also significant linkages between wildfire and atmospheric oxygen during the same time interval. Overall charcoal contents of coals increases globally from the Pennsylvanian to and through the Permian. Increase in wildfire activity is not simply related to a steady increase in global temperatures but also to an increase in atmospheric oxygen where wetter plants will burn. However, there are significant feedbacks to consider, not least the impact of frequent fire on vegetational structure. This paper will explore both the data as well as possible feedbacks in the Earth System that have been neglected in current climate and atmospheric models.