Skip to Main Content
Future wildfire trends, impacts, and mitigation options in the Southern United StatesAuthor(s): Yongqiang Liu; Jeffrey P. Prestemon; Scott L. Goodrick; Thomas P. Holmes; John A. Stanturf; James M. Vose; Ge Sun
Source: In: Climate change adaption and mitigation management options<I>A guide for natural resource managers in southern forest ecosystems</I> CRC Press - Taylor and Francis
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: Southern Research Station
PDF: Download Publication (3.71 MB)
DescriptionWildfire is among the most common forest disturbances, affecting the structure, composition, and functions of many ecosystems. The complex role that wildfire plays in shaping forests has been described in terms of vegetation responses, which are characterized as dependent on, sensitive to, independent of, or influenced by fire (Myers 2006). Fire is essential in areas where species have evolved to withstand burning and facilitate the spread of combustion, such as the Pinus spp. found in the Coastal Plain of the Southern United States. Notable fire-dependent ecosystems include many boreal, temperate, and tropical coniferous forests, eucalyptus forests, most vegetation assemblages in Mediterranean-type climates, some forests dominated by oaks (Quercus spp.), grasslands, savannas, and marshes, and palm forests. At the other extreme, fire is largely absent where cold, wet, or dry conditions prevail (such as tundra landscapes, some rain forests, and deserts). Fire-sensitive ecosystems that have evolved without fire as a significant process have become more vulnerable to human activities such as stand fragmentation, alteration of fuels, and increased ignitions. Fire-influenced ecosystems generally are adjacent to areas where fire-dependent vegetation facilitates ignition and spreading of wildfires.
- You may send email to email@example.com to request a hard copy of this publication.
- (Please specify exactly which publication you are requesting and your mailing address.)
- We recommend that you also print this page and attach it to the printout of the article, to retain the full citation information.
- This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.
CitationLiu, Yongqiang; Prestemon, Jeffrey P.; Goodrick, Scott L.; Holmes, Thomas P.; Stanturf, John A.; Vose, James M.; Sun, Ge. 2014. Future wildfire trends, impacts, and mitigation options in the Southern United States. In: Climate change adaption and mitigation management optionsA guide for natural resource managers in southern forest ecosystems CRC Press - Taylor and Francis (pp 85 . 126) 42 p.
- Stereo photo series for quantifying natural fuels.Volume XIII: grasslands, shrublands, oak-bay woodlands, and eucalyptus forests in the East Bay of California.
- Smoke from wildfires and prescribed burning in Australia: effects on human health and ecosystems
Soil seed banks in four 22-year-old plantations in South China: implications for restoration
XML: View XML