Climate, Livestock, and Vegetation: What Drives Fire Increase in the Arid Ecosystems of Southern Russia?

  title={Climate, Livestock, and Vegetation: What Drives Fire Increase in the Arid Ecosystems of Southern Russia?},
  author={Maxim Dubinin and Anna Luschekina and Volker C. Radeloff},
Fire is an important natural disturbance process in arid grasslands but current fire regimes are largely the result of both human and natural processes and their interactions. The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 spurred substantial socioeconomic changes and was ultimately followed by a rapid increase in burned area in southern Russia. What is unclear is whether this increase in burned area was caused by decreasing livestock numbers, vegetation changes, climate change, or interactions of… CONTINUE READING


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