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Predictability of biomass burning in response to climate changes

Daniau, A.-L; Bartlein, P. J; Harrison, S. P; Prentice , I. Colin; Brewer, S; Friedlingstein, Pierre; Harrison-Prentice, T I; Inoue, J; Izumi, K; Marlon, J R; Stevenson, Janelle; Hope, Geoffrey; Haberle, Simon


Climate is an important control on biomass burning, but the sensitivity of fire to changes in temperature and moisture balance has not been quantified. We analyze sedimentary charcoal records to show that the changes in fire regime over the past 21,000 yrs are predictable from changes in regional climates. Analyses of paleo- fire data show that fire increases monotonically with changes in temperature and peaks at intermediate moisture levels, and that temperature is quantitatively the most...[Show more]

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Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: Global Biogeochemical Cycles
DOI: 10.1029/2011GB004249
Access Rights: Open Access


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