Climate change and forest fire activity in North American boreal forests
Document Type: Book Chapter
Author(s): Brian J. Stocks; Michael A. Fosberg; B. Michael Wotton; Timothy J. Lynham; Kevin C. Ryan
Editor(s): Eric S. Kasischke; Brian J. Stocks
Publication Year: 2000

Cataloging Information

  • boreal forests
  • C - carbon
  • Canada
  • climate change
  • climatology
  • distribution
  • fire danger rating
  • fire intensity
  • fire management
  • fire management planning
  • fire regimes
  • forest management
  • GIS - geographic information system
  • season of fire
  • statistical analysis
  • wildfires
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Tall Timbers Record Number: 21863
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After a decade of speculation and debate, there is now a general scientific consensus that rising greenhouse gas levels in the earth’s atmosphere will result in significant climate change over the next century. The recent statement by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (Watson et al. 1995) that 'the observed increase in global mean temperature over the last century (0.3-0.6°C) is unlikely to be entirely due to natural causes, and that a pattern of climate response to human activities is identifiable in the climatological record' is a strong endorsement of this conclusion. The recently negotiated Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change recognizes the influence of greenhouse gas concentrations on global warming and requires signatory countries to commit to significant reductions in emissions in the near future, further evidence of a growing acknowledgment that climate change is a reality.

Online Link(s):
Stocks, Brian J.; Fosberg, Michael A.; Wotton, B. Michael; Lynham, Timothy J.; Ryan, Kevin C. 2000. Climate change and forest fire activity in North American boreal forests. Pages 368-376 In: Kasischke, Eric S.; Stocks, Brian J. (Ed.). Fire, Climate Change, and Carbon Cycling in the Boreal Forest. New York, NY: Springer-Verlag Inc.