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Type: Conference Proceedings
Author(s): Hiroshi Hayasaka
Publication Date: 2003

This paper describes forest fires and weather in Alaska, North America and Sakha, Eastern part or Far East Siberia. Number of forest fires in Sakha is three times greater than that of Alaska. On the other hand, the mean annual burnt area in both places is almost the same and is about 2,400 km-2. Mean air temperature rise from 1830 in Yakutsk, Sakha was about 3OC. In Yakutsk, remarkable temperature rise begun from 1970's. On the contrary, precipitation trend from 1890 shows gradual decreasing trend begun from 1970's. Forest fire histories from the middle of 1950's in Alaska and Sakha show that average burnt area become larger and larger from 1990's. These climate trends push boreal forest very flammable.Under climate condition of higher air temperature and lower precipitation, large forest fires occurred near Yakustk, Sakha, in 2002. The cause of large forest fires is discussed from the climate point of view.

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Citation: Hayasaka, Hiroshi. 2003. Forest fires and climate in Alaska and Sakha: forest fires near Yakutsk. Fifth Symposium on Fire and Forest Meteorology: Conference Proceedings; Nov 16, 2003. Boston, MA: American Meteorological Association. 11 pp.

Cataloging Information

  • air temperature
  • boreal forests
  • climatology
  • ecology
  • fire management
  • fire size
  • flammability
  • forest fires
  • global warming
  • histories
  • hot spot
  • JFSP - Joint Fire Science Program
  • precipitation
  • Russia
  • Siberia
  • temperature
  • wilderness fire management
  • wildfires
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