Carbon loss from an unprecedented Arctic tundra wildfire

  title={Carbon loss from an unprecedented Arctic tundra wildfire},
  author={M. C. Mack and M. Bret-Harte and T. Hollingsworth and R. Jandt and E. Schuur and G. Shaver and D. Verbyla},
  • M. C. Mack, M. Bret-Harte, +4 authors D. Verbyla
  • Published 2011
  • Environmental Science, Medicine
  • Nature
  • Arctic tundra soils store large amounts of carbon (C) in organic soil layers hundreds to thousands of years old that insulate, and in some cases maintain, permafrost soils. Fire has been largely absent from most of this biome since the early Holocene epoch, but its frequency and extent are increasing, probably in response to climate warming. The effect of fires on the C balance of tundra landscapes, however, remains largely unknown. The Anaktuvuk River fire in 2007 burned 1,039 square… CONTINUE READING
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