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Focus on changing fire regimes: interactions with climate, ecosystems, and society

Author(s): Brendan M. Rogers, Jennifer Balch, Scott J. Goetz, Caroline E. R. Lehmann, Merritt R. Turetsky
Year Published: 2020

Fire is a complex Earth system phenomenon that fundamentally affects vegetation distributions, biogeochemical cycling, climate, and human society across most of Earth's land surface. Fire regimes are currently changing due to multiple interacting global change drivers, most notably climate change, land use, and direct human influences via ignition and suppression. It is therefore critical to better understand the drivers, patterns, and impacts of these changing fire regimes now and continuing into the future. Our review contributes to this focus issue by synthesizing results from 27 studies covering a broad range of topics. Studies are categorized into (i) Understanding contemporary fire patterns, drivers, and effects; (ii) Human influences on fire regimes; (iii) Changes in historical fire regimes; (iv) Future projections; (v) Novel techniques; and (vi) Reviews. We conclude with a discussion on progress made, major remaining research challenges, and recommended directions.

Citation: Rogers, Brendan M.; Balch, Jennifer K.; Goetz, Scott J.; Lehmann, Caroline E. R.; Turetsky, Merritt R. 2020. Focus on changing fire regimes: interactions with climate, ecosystems, and society. Environmental Research Letters 15(3):030201.
Topic(s): Fire Regime, Climate and Fire Regime Change
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Book or Chapter or Journal Article
NRFSN number: 20808
FRAMES RCS number: 60842
Record updated: Mar 10, 2020