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Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Julie C. Aleman; Andy Hennebelle; Boris Vannière; Olivier Blarquez; Global Paleofire Working Group
Publication Date: 2018

[from the text] Paleofire research is the study of past fire regimes using a suite of proxies (frequency, area burned, severity, intensity, etc.). Charcoal preserved in sedimentary archives constitutes one of the most ubiquitous measures of past fire regimes along with fire-scarred tree rings, chemical markers of fire, and black carbon residue [1,2]. The quantity of charcoal accumulating in sediments over time reflects changes in biomass burned and captures the range of its variability across multiple time scales (e.g., decadal to millennial [3]). The Global Paleofire Working Group Phase 2 (GPWG2; is a team of scientists interested in reconstructing past fire regimes in diverse environments. This paper provides a brief introduction to the evolution of charcoal-based paleofire science as a discipline and presents the outcome of the recent workshop organized by the GPWG2 in Montreal (October 2017), focusing on applications of paleofire knowledge to the management of a range of ecosystem challenges.

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Citation: Aleman, Julie C.; Hennebelle, Andy; Vannière, Boris; Blarquez, Olivier; the Global Paleofire Working Group. 2018. Sparking new opportunities for charcoal-based fire history reconstructions. Fire 1(1):7.

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  • charcoal analysis
  • fire reconstruction
  • fire regimes
  • paleofire data
  • paleofire regimes
  • research
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