Vulnerability and adaptation to climate-related fire impacts in rural and urban interior Alaska

@article{Trainor2009VulnerabilityAA,
  title={Vulnerability and adaptation to climate-related fire impacts in rural and urban interior Alaska},
  author={Sarah Fleisher Trainor and Monika P. Calef and David C. Natcher and F. Stuart Chapin Iii and A. David McGuire and Orville H. Huntington and Paul Duffy and T. Scott Rupp and La’ona DeWilde and Mary Kwart and Nancy Fresco and Amy Lauren Lovecraft},
  journal={Polar Research},
  year={2009},
  volume={28},
  pages={100 - 118}
}
This paper explores whether fundamental differences exist between urban and rural vulnerability to climate-induced changes in the fire regime of interior Alaska. We further examine how communities and fire managers have responded to these changes and what additional adaptations could be put in place. We engage a variety of social science methods, including demographic analysis, semi-structured interviews, surveys, workshops and observations of public meetings. This work is part of an… 

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