Full Citation: Price, Colin; Rind, David. 1994. The impact of a 2 x CO2 climate on lightning-caused fire. Journal of Climate 7(10):1484-1494.
External Identifier(s): 10.1175/1520-0442(1994)007<1484:TIOACC>2.0.CO;2 Digital Object Identifier
Location: Southwest, U.S.
Ecosystem types: None specified
Southwest FireCLIME Keywords: None
FRAMES Keywords: climate change, lightning-caused fires

The impact of a 2 x CO2 climate on lightning-caused fire

Colin Price, David Rind


Summary - what did the authors do and why?

The authors modeled the potential shift in the frequency and intensity of lightning-caused fires and thunderstorm activity based on future climate scenarios of 2 X CO2 across the forested areas of the southwestern U.S.


Publication findings:

The authors found that lightning activity and lightning-started fires are likely to increase in a warmer climate. They found a 44% increase in the likelihood of lightning-caused fires for a 2 X CO2 climate scenario.

Climate and Fire Linkages

The authors found that lightning activity and lightning-started fires are likely to increase in a warmer climate. They found a 44% increase in the likelihood of lightning-caused fires for a 2 X CO2 climate scenario.