Wildland fire in boreal and arctic North America
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Alison D. York; Uma S. Bhatt; Richard L. Thoman Jr.; Robert Ziel
Publication Year: 2018

Cataloging Information

  • arctic
  • boreal forest
  • BUI - CFFDRS Buildup Index
  • Canada
  • climate change
  • permafrost
  • thermokarst
  • total area burned
  • tundra
  • wildfire
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Record Last Modified: October 10, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 56674


Despite the low temperatures and short growing seasons of northern ecosystems, wildland fire is the dominant ecological disturbance in the boreal forest, the world’s largest terrestrial biome. Wildland fire also affects adjacent tundra regions. This sidebar, with a focus on the 2017 Alaska fire season, addresses the history and variability of fire disturbance in Alaska (US) and Northwest Territories (Canada), outlines how short-term weather conditions (temperature, precipitation, convection, and wind) influence area burned, and discusses projections for future tendencies in fire susceptibility.

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York, Alison; Bhatt, Uma; Thoman, Richard; Ziel, Robert. 2018. Wildland fire in boreal and arctic North America. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Association 99(8):S167-S169.

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