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Changes in fire regimes since the Last Glacial Maximum: an assessment based on a global synthesis and analysis of charcoal data

Power, M.J.; Marlon, Jenny; Ortiz, Natalie; Bartlein, P.J.; Harrison, S.P. Sandy; Mayle, Francis E.; Ballouche, Aziz; Bradshaw, Richard H.W.; Carcaillet, C; Cardova, C; Mooney, S; Moreno, P I; Prentice, Colin I.C.; Thonicke, Kirsten; Tinner, Willy; Whitlock, C; Zhang, Y; Zhao, Yan; Ali, Adam A.; Anderson, Scott R.S.; Beer, Ruth; Behling, Hermann; Briles, C; Brown, K.J.; Brunelle, Andrea; Bush, M; Camill, P; Chu, Guo Qiang; Clark, Jim; Colombaroli, Daniele; Connor, S; Daniau, A.-L.; Daniels, Mark; Dodson, John; Doughty, E; Edwards, M.E.; Finsinger, W; Foster, D; Frechette, J; Gaillard, Marie -Jose; Gavin, D.G.; Gobet, Erika; Haberle, Simon; Hallett, D J; Higuera, P; Hope, Geoffrey; Horn, S; Inoue, J; Kaltenrieder, Petra; Kennedy, L; Kong, Z.C.; Larsen, C; Long, C.J.; Lynch, J; Lynch, E.A.; McGlone, M; Meeks, S; Mensing, S; Meyer, G; Minckley, T; Mohr, Jerry; Nelson, D.M.; New, J; Newnham, R; Noti, Roland; Oswald, Wyatt; Pierce, Jen; Richard, Pierre J.H.; Rowe, Cassandra; Sanchez Goni, M.F.; Shuman, B.N.; Takahara, H; Toney, Jaime; Turney, C; Urrego-Sanchez, D.H.; Umbanhowar, C; Vandergoes, Marcus; Vanniere, Boris; Vescovi, Elisa; Walsh, M; Wang, Xu King; Williams, Nicola; Wilmshurst, Janet M; Zhang, J.H.


Fire activity has varied globally and continuously since the last glacial maximum (LGM) in response to long-term changes in global climate and shorter-term regional changes in climate, vegetation, and human land use. We have synthesized sedimentary charcoal records of biomass burning since the LGM and present global maps showing changes in fire activity for time slices during the past 21,000 years (as differences in charcoal accumulation values compared to pre-industrial). There is strong...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
Source: Climate Dynamics
DOI: 10.1007/s00382-007-0334-x


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