Effects of climate change on management and policy: mitigation options in the North American boreal forest
Document Type: Book Chapter
Author(s): Perry Grissom; Martin E. Alexander; Brad Cella; Frank V. Cole; Thomas Kurth; Norman P. Malotte; David L. Martell; William M. Mawdsley; James S. Roessler; Robert Quillin; Paul C. Ward
Editor(s): Eric S. Kasischke; Brian J. Stocks
Publication Year: 2000

Cataloging Information

  • boreal forest
  • C - carbon
  • Canada
  • climate change
  • CO2 - carbon dioxide
  • fire frequency
  • fire management
  • fire severity
  • fire suppression
  • forest management
  • global warming
  • ignition
  • lightning caused fires
  • precipitation
  • wildfires
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FRAMES Record Number: 1699
Tall Timbers Record Number: 21849
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TTRS Abstract Status: Okay, Fair use, Reproduced by permission

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Abstract from introduction: 'Over the next 50-100 years, the predicted doubling of the atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration is expected to increase summer temperatures up to 4-6 degrees C at higher latitudes (Boer et al. 1992: Maxwell 1992: Ferguson 1995). In a 2 x CO2 climate, summer precipitation is expected to be 105-160% of current, with more falling in storms and less as steady rain (Maxwell 1992: Ferguson 1995). This altered climate may include longer periods between rains (Woton and Flannigan 1993). As discussed in Chapter 20, with the predicted warming it is anticipated that fire incidence will increase, with more frequent major fire years. Increased fire activity will result not only from longer periods with favorable burning conditions but from increased frequency of fire ignition from lightning strikes over much of the boreal forest as a result of climate change (Price and Rind 1994 a, b). The predicted climate warning and resultant increase in fire occurrence and severity would increase carbon emission (Kasischke et al.1995b).'

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Grissom, Perry; Alexander, Martin E.; Cella, Brad; Cole, Frank V.; Kurth, Thomas; Malotte, Norman P.; Martell, David L.; Mawdsley, William M.; Roessler, James S.; Quillin, Robert; Ward, Paul C. 2000. Effects of climate change on management and policy: mitigation options in the North American boreal forest. Pages 85-101 In: Kasischke, Eric S.; Stocks, Brian J. (Ed.). Fire, climate change, and carbon cycling in the boreal forest. Springer.