Drivers of wildfire carbon emissions

Increasing fire frequency and severity may shift boreal forests from carbon sinks to carbon sources and amplify climate warming. Analysis indicates that fuel characteristics are important drivers of wildfire carbon emissions across a broad range of North America’s boreal forest.

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Fig. 1: Interacting climate and weather (top-down) and fuel-related (bottom-up) controls on boreal fire and carbon emissions.


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Loehman, R.A. Drivers of wildfire carbon emissions. Nat. Clim. Chang. (2020).

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