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Arctic fires re-emerging

Underground smouldering fires resurfaced early in 2020, contributing to the unprecedented wildfires that tore through the Arctic this spring and summer. An international effort is needed to manage a changing fire regime in the vulnerable Arctic.

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Fig. 1: Composite satellite image from Sentinel-2 (true colour composite with mid-wavelength infrared overlay showing location of active burning in shades of orange).

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McCarty, J.L., Smith, T.E.L. & Turetsky, M.R. Arctic fires re-emerging. Nat. Geosci. 13, 658–660 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41561-020-00645-5

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