Fire history at the treeline in northern Quebec: a paleoclimatic tool
Document Type: Conference Proceedings
Author(s): Serge Payette
Editor(s): Marvin A. Stokes; John H. Dieterich
Publication Year: 1980

Cataloging Information

  • boreal forests
  • Canada
  • charcoal
  • Cladonia
  • climatology
  • coniferous forests
  • ecosystem dynamics
  • ecotones
  • fire
  • fire regimes
  • fire weather
  • glaciers
  • habitat conversion
  • lakes
  • northern
  • organic matter
  • paleobotany
  • paleoclimatology
  • Picea mariana
  • plant communities
  • population ecology
  • post-fire recovery
  • prehistoric fires
  • Quebec
  • regeneration
  • rivers
  • sampling
  • sand dunes
  • sedimentation
  • shrubs
  • temperature
  • treeline
  • tundra
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FRAMES Record Number: 2855
Tall Timbers Record Number: 206
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: A13.88:RM-81
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The long term fire history at the treeline in Northern Quebec can be evaluated by ecological surveys of the major ecosystems. Available data suggest that fires are presently climate-controlled, and therefore may be used as paleoclimatic indicators. During a cold climatic interval, postfire tree regeneration is hindered, and a shift from forest to barren conditions is recorded. Examples from specific environments are provided in order to reconstruct significant ecological periods of the fire history since 3,000 years B.P. (Before Present). A preliminary interpretation indicates that these periods of climatic cooling are centered around 2,800-2,500, 2,200-2,000, 1,600-1,400, 1,100-900, 700 ?, 500-100 years B.P.

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Payette, Serge. 1980. Fire history at the treeline in northern Quebec: a paleoclimatic tool. Pages 126-131. In: Stokes, Marvin A.; Dieterich, John H. (editors). Proceedings of the Fire History Workshop: October 20-24, 1980, Tucson, Arizona. General Technical Report RM-GTR-81. Ft. Collins, CO: US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station.