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This research program is documenting the changing role of fire, particularly as affected by human activities, on the Arctic Climate System and its human residents, with specific focus on Alaska and the Yukon Territory. The program will assess the changing role of human activities in the fire regime of the Alaska-Yukon region, as this is determined by changes in the effects of people on fire (ignition and suppression) and the effects of fire on people, including economics (e.g., wages, property risk) and ecosystem services (e.g., game, berries, firewood, timber, climate feedbacks). The program will also evaluate the consequences of climate- and human-induced changes in fire regime on land-surface properties that are important to climate. Additionally, it will document the past and plausible future changes in climate feedbacks in the Alaska-Yukon region that result from climate warming and from climate- and human-induced changes in fire regime. This modeling effort is one of the first to explicitly represent suppression in a dynamic landscape fire succession model and will provide a management tool for assessing the consequences of different fire management strategies (i.e., reactive versus preventative) for present and future fire regimes.

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Climate    Economics    Fire Effects    Fire Prevention    Models    Outreach    Social Science
  • Arctic climate system
  • climate change
  • dynamic landscape fire succession model
  • fire regimes
  • fire suppression
  • human-fire interactions
  • human-induced changes
  • Yukon Territory
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FRAMES Record Number: 7193