Global and regional trends and drivers of fire under climate change
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Matthew W. Jones; John T. Abatzoglou; Sander Veraverbeke; Niels Andela; Gitta Lasslop; Matthias Forkel; Adam J. P. Smith; Chantelle Burton; Richard A. Betts; Guido R. Van der Werf
Publication Year: 2022

Cataloging Information

  • bioclimatic drivers
  • burned area
  • climate change
  • human factors
  • land use
  • lightning
  • vegetation
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Record Last Modified: April 19, 2022
FRAMES Record Number: 65698


Recent wildfire outbreaks around the world have prompted concern that climate change is increasing fire incidence, threatening human livelihood and biodiversity, and perpetuating climate change. Here we review current understanding of the impacts of climate change on fire weather (weather conditions conducive to the ignition and spread of wildfires) and the consequences for regional fire activity as mediated by a range of other bioclimatic factors (including vegetation biogeography, productivity and lightning) and human factors (including ignition, suppression, and land use). Through supplemental analyses, we present a stocktake of regional trends in fire weather and burned area (BA) during recent decades, and we examine how fire activity relates to its bioclimatic and human drivers.

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Jones, Matthew W.; Abatzoglou, John T.; Veraverbeke, Sander; Andela, Niels; Lasslop, Gitta; Forkel, Matthias; Smith, Adam J. P.; Burton, Chantelle; Betts, Richard A.; van der Werf, Guido R.; Sitch, Stephen; Canadell, Josep G.; Santín, Cristina; Kolden, Crystal; Doerr, Stefan H.; Le Quéré, Corinne. 2022. Global and regional trends and drivers of fire under climate change. Reviews of Geophysics online early.