Arctic tundra fires: natural variability and responses to climate change

  title={Arctic tundra fires: natural variability and responses to climate change},
  author={Feng Sheng Hu and Philip E. Higuera and Paul Duffy and Melissa Lynn Chipman and Adrian V. Rocha and Adam M. Young and Ryan Kelly and Michael C. Dietze},
  journal={Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment},
  • F. Hu, P. Higuera, M. Dietze
  • Published 1 September 2015
  • Environmental Science
  • Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
Anthropogenic climate change may result in novel disturbances to Arctic tundra ecosystems. Understanding the natural variability of tundra-fire regimes and their linkages to climate is essential in evaluating whether tundra burning has increased in recent years. Historical observations and charcoal records from lake sediments reveal a wide range of fire regimes in Arctic tundra, with fire-return intervals varying from decades to millennia. Analysis of historical data shows strong climate–fire… 

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