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Fire in the Earth System
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-17, 01:51 authored by David BowmanDavid Bowman, Balch, JK, Artaxo, P, Bond, WJ, Carlson, JM, Cochrane, MA, D'Antonio, CM, DeFries, RS, Doyle, JC, Harrison, SP, Fay JohnstonFay Johnston, Keeley, JE, Krawchuk, MA, Kull, MA, Marston, JB, Moritz, MA, Prentice, IC, Roos, CI, Scott, AC, Swetnam, TW, van der Werf, GR, Pyne, SJ
Fire is a worldwide phenomenon that appears in the geological record soon after the appearance of terrestrial plants. Fire influences global ecosystem patterns and processes, including vegetation distribution and structure, the carbon cycle, and climate. Although humans and fire have always coexisted, our capacity to manage fire remains imperfect and may become more difficult in the future as climate change alters fire regimes. This risk is difficult to assess, however, because fires are still poorly represented in global models. Here, we discuss some of the most important issues involved in developing a better understanding of the role of fire in the Earth system.
Department/SchoolSchool of Natural Sciences
PublisherAmer Assoc Advancement Science
Place of publication1200 New York Ave, Nw, Washington, USA, Dc, 20005
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