Is Alaska's Boreal Forest Now Crossing a Major Ecological Threshold?
Document Type: Fact Sheet / Brief / Bulletin
Author(s): Randi R. Jandt
Publication Year: 2013

Cataloging Information

  • black spruce forest
  • Boreal ALFRESCO
  • boreal forests
  • climate change
  • ecological thresholds
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Record Last Modified: January 15, 2020
FRAMES Record Number: 56233


In this short but powerful paper authors Mann, Rupp, Olson and Duffy look for evidence that Alaska’s forests are already responding to changes in fire regime. They use a tool that was developed in lock-step with Alaska fire management agencies called Boreal ALFRESCO. (Click HERE to view a presentation by Scott Rupp on ALFRESCO) Using this vegetation-fire model along withstand age and fire map databases, they look forward and backward in time to gain perspective on the short window of forest and forest fire observations in interior Alaska.

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Link to this document (861 KB; pdf)
Jandt, Randi. 2013. Is Alaska's boreal forest now crossing a major ecological threshold? AFSC Research Brief 2013-4. Fairbanks, AK: Alaska Fire Science Consortium. 2 p.