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A conceptual framework for predicting temperate ecosystem sensitivity to human impacts on fire regimesAuthor(s): D. B. McWethy; P. E. Higuera; C. Whitlock; T. T. Veblen; D. M. J. S. Bowman; G. J. Cary; S. G. Haberle; R. E. Keane; B. D. Maxwell; M. S. McGlone; G. L. W. Perry; J. M. Wilmshurst
Source: Global Ecology and Biography. 22: 900-912.
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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DescriptionThe increased incidence of large fires around much of the world in recent decades raises questions about human and non-human drivers of fire and the likelihood of increased fire activity in the future. The purpose of this paper is to outline a conceptual framework for examining where human-set fires and feedbacks are likely to be most pronounced in temperate forests world-wide and to establish and test a methodology for evaluating this framework using palaeoecological records.
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CitationMcWethy, D. B.; Higuera, P. E.; Whitlock, C.; Veblen, T. T.; Bowman, D. M. J. S.; Cary, G. J.; Haberle, S. G.; Keane, R. E.; Maxwell, B. D.; McGlone, M. S.; Perry, G. L. W.; Wilmshurst, J. M. 2013. A conceptual framework for predicting temperate ecosystem sensitivity to human impacts on fire regimes. Global Ecology and Biography. 22: 900-912.
Keywordsbiome sensitivity, climate, fire regimes, global change, human impacts, tipping points
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