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Managing forests and fire in changing climates

Author(s): Scott L. Stephens, James K. Agee, Peter Z. Fule, Malcolm P. North, William H. Romme, Thomas W. Swetnam, Monica G. Turner
Year Published: 2013

With projected climate change, we expect to face much more forest fire in the coming decades. Policy-makers are challenged not to categorize all fires as destructive to ecosystems simply because they have long flame lengths and kill most of the trees within the fire boundary. Ecological context matters: In some ecosystems, high-severity regimes are appropriate, but climate change may modify these fire regimes and ecosystems as well. Some undesirable impacts may be avoided or reduced through global strategies, as well as distinct strategies based on a forest's historical fire regime.

Citation: Stephens, Scott L.; Agee, James K.; Fule, Peter Z.; North, Malcolm; Romme, William H.; Swetnam, Thomas W.; Turner, Monica G. 2013. Managing forests and fire in changing climates. Science. 342(6154): 41-42.
Topic(s): Fire & Climate
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Book or Chapter or Journal Article, Synthesis
NRFSN number: 12433
FRAMES RCS number: 15946
Record updated: Jun 29, 2016