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Global and Regional Trends and Drivers of Fire Under Climate Change

Matthew W. Jones Orcid Logo, John T. Abatzoglou Orcid Logo, Sander Veraverbeke Orcid Logo, Niels Andela Orcid Logo, Gitta Lasslop Orcid Logo, Matthias Forkel Orcid Logo, Adam J. P. Smith Orcid Logo, Chantelle Burton Orcid Logo, Richard A. Betts Orcid Logo, Guido R. van der Werf Orcid Logo, Stephen Sitch Orcid Logo, Josep G. Canadell Orcid Logo, Cristina Santin Nuno, Crystal Kolden Orcid Logo, Stefan Doerr Orcid Logo, Corinne Le Quéré Orcid Logo

Reviews of Geophysics, Volume: 60, Issue: 3

Swansea University Authors: Cristina Santin Nuno, Stefan Doerr Orcid Logo

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DOI (Published version): 10.1029/2020rg000726

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Recent wildfire outbreaks around the world have prompted concern that climate change is increasing fire incidence, threatening human livelihood and biodiversity, and perpetuating climate change. Here we review current understanding of the impacts of climate change on fire weather (weather conditions...

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Published in: Reviews of Geophysics
ISSN: 8755-1209 1944-9208
Published: American Geophysical Union (AGU) 2022
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa59825
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Abstract: Recent wildfire outbreaks around the world have prompted concern that climate change is increasing fire incidence, threatening human livelihood and biodiversity, and perpetuating climate change. Here we review current understanding of the impacts of climate change on fire weather (weather conditions conducive to the ignition and spread of wildfires) and the consequences for regional fire activity as mediated by a range of other bioclimatic factors (including vegetation biogeography, productivity and lightning) and human factors (including ignition, suppression, and land use). Through supplemental analyses, we present a stocktake of regional trends in fire weather and burned area (BA) during recent decades, and we examine how fire activity relates to its bioclimatic and human drivers.
Keywords: burned area; fire weather; climate change; land use; vegetation; lightning
College: Faculty of Science and Engineering
Funders: H2020 Societal Challenges (H2020 PRIORITÉ Défis de société). Grant Numbers: 776810, 641816, 101003890; H2020 Industrial Leadership (H2020 Priority Industrial Leadership). Grant Number: 776186; Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). Grant Number: 016.Vidi.189.070; H2020 Excellent Science (H2020 Priority Excellent Science). Grant Number: 101000987; Newton Fund; UKRI | Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). Grant Numbers: NE/T001194/1, NE/T003553/1, NE/V01417X/1; Spanish State Research Agency Ramón y Cajal Programme. Grant Number: RYC2018-025797-I; Royal Society. Grant Number: RP\R1\191063; Australian National Environmental Science Program; Met Office Hadley Centre Climate Progamme. Grant Number: GA01101; UK department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Issue: 3