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Title

Does mean summer temperature influence fire return intervals and area burned in Alaskan boreal forests?
Document Type: Poster
Author(s): Rafael Rodriguez
Publication Year: 2014

Cataloging Information

Keyword(s):
  • area burned
  • boreal forest
  • climate change
  • climate warming
  • fire regime
  • fire return interval
  • summer
  • temperature
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Record Last Modified: August 27, 2019
FRAMES Record Number: 58493

Description

One of the factors that shapes the Alaskan Boreal forest is the frequency in which previously burned areas re-burn, also known as the fire return interval. The Alaskan fire regime itself is subject to various climate influences one of which is temperature. Using geographic information system software, I utilized and compared statewide climate data from 1940 to 2009 with fire data from 1942 to 2010 to determine whether mean summer temperatures are correlated with fire return intervals and area burned in the Alaskan Boreal Forest. I also mapped projected mean summer temperatures through year 2099 and discussed the implications of a warming climate in Boreal Alaska.  The number of times an area burned was positively correlated with mean July temperature.

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Citation:
Rodriguez, Rafael. 2014. Does mean summer temperature influence fire return intervals and area burned in Alaskan boreal forests? 2014 Research Days. Fairbanks, AK: University of Alaska Fairbanks.