Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) Wildland Fire Collaboration Team
Products are now available at IARPC's new website! The Wildfire Collaboration Team strives to address research gaps and areas for improvement in knowledge relating to wildfire activity, succession, and effects on local communities in the Arctic, specifically focusing on the tundra environment. More on tundra fires below:
Adam Young, Univ. of Idaho, on "Historic and Future Flammability in Alaskan Boreal Forests and Tundra Ecosystems"
The question of whether there is a real trend of increased lightning strikes in Arctic Alaska has been a topic of discussion in the Wildfire Collaboration Team. This graph displays the data (mapped below). Metadata documents also list the history of upgrades to equipment and detection algorithms in various years. The ALDS system was recently replaced by a TOA system, with data of both types collected in 2012.
Download a .pdf of this graph!>>Lightning-1986-2013.pdf