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Fire Climatology: International Journal of Wildland Fire Special Issue


August 6, 2000 on the East Fork of the Bitterroot River. Photo credit: the Alaskan Type I Incident Management Team, Photographer John McColgan, Bureau of Land Management, Alaska Fire Service.
Photo credit: the Alaskan Type I Incident Management Team, Photographer John McColgan, Bureau of Land Management, Alaska Fire Service.
Fire Climatology
International Journal of Wildland Fire
Special Issue Volume 17, Number 1, February 2008.

Edited by: Thomas W. Swetnam1 and R. Scott Anderson2
1 Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721, USA.
2 Center for Environmental Sciences and Quaternary Sciences Program, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ 86011, USA.
ABSTRACT:
Advances in fire climatology have derived from recent studies of modern and paleoecological records. We convened a series of workshops and a conference session to report and review regional-scale findings, and these meetings led to the 10 papers in this special issue. Two papers focus on fire and climate patterns in the modern era using documentary records, four papers utilise tree rings to evaluate recent centuries of change, and four papers evaluate charcoal and pollen in lake, bog, and alluvial sediments over the Holocene. Here we summarise some of the key findings from these papers in the context of other recent fire climatology literature. These studies illustrate the value of long-term perspectives and spatial networks of fire and climate data in discovering the patterns and modes of past fire regime and climate variations.

Download data from the WDC Paleo archive:
Many of the paleofire records used in this special issue are available via the International Multiproxy Paleofire Database.

To read or view the full issue, please visit the International Journal of Wildland Fire website.
The editors' Fire Climatology in the western United States: introduction to special issue is freely available.
The issue was published as Fire Climatology International Journal of Wildland Fire Special Issue Volume 17, Number 1, February 2008.
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