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Fire Earth: Changes in the Climate-Fire Relationship: Patterns Locally and Around the Globe

Author(s): Alex W. Kirkpatrick
Year Published: 2021
Description:

Wildfires are occurring more frequently and with greater severity domestically and around the globe. Across a series of studies, researchers at the University of Idaho set out to identify how and when climate variability affects wildfire frequency and behavior. They studied wildfire on scales ranging from local to ecoregional to global. In one study, researchers investigated the relationship between burn severity and climate across the globe based on prior observations (Study A, Abatzoglou et al. 2018). Similarly, researchers investigated the relationship between burn severity and climate based on prior observations, but this time with a focus on the western United States, where there has been an observed increase in catastrophic wildfires over recent years (Study B, Abatzoglou et al. 2017). In a related study, researchers trained their eyes on the future and the repercussions for fire weather globally as the climate continues to change (Study C, Abatzoglou et al. 2019).

Citation: Kirkpatrick, A.W. 2021. Changes in the Climate-Fire Relationship: Patterns Locally and Around the Globe. FireEarth Science Brief No. 10. Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, Washington State University. csanr.wsu.edu/publications/fireearth-brief10/. 2p.
Topic(s): Fire Behavior, Weather, Fire Regime, Fire & Climate
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Research Brief or Fact Sheet
NRFSN number: 24280
Record updated: Feb 16, 2022