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Climatology of Alaskan wildfires with special emphasis on the extreme year of 2004

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Year
2011

Citation

Wendler, G., Conner, J., Moore, B., Shulski, M., and Stuefer, M., 2011, Climatology of Alaskan wildfires with special emphasis on the extreme year of 2004: Theoretical and Applied Climatology, v. 104, no. 3-4, p. 459-472.

Summary

Wildfires are a common experience in Alaska where, on average, 3,775 km^sup 2^ burn annually. More than 90% of the area consumed occurs in Interior Alaska, where the summers are relatively warm and dry, and the vegetation consists predominantly of spruce, birch, and cottonwood. Summers with above normal temperatures generate an increased amount of convection, resulting in more thunderstorm development and an amplified number of lightning strikes. The resulting dry conditions facilitate the spread of wildfires started by the lightning. Working with a 55-year dataset of wildfires for Alaska, an increase in the annual area burned was observed. Due to climate change, the last three decades have shown to be warmer than the previous decades. [...]

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3397 record import test
Reference File
NWBLCC-20160406.xml

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DOI http://sciencebase.gov/vocab/identifierScheme 10.1007/s00704-010-0357-9
ISSN http://sciencebase.gov/vocab/identifierScheme 0177798X

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