Title: Human Role in Russian wild fires
Citation: NATURE vol. 440 p. 436-437
Publication Year: 2006
JRC N°: JRC33053
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC33053
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Anomalies in temperature and precipitation in northern Russia over the past few years have been viewed as manifestations of anthropogenic climate change, prompting suggestions that this may also account for exceptional forest fires in the region. Here we examine the number of forest-fire events across the boreal Russian Federation for the period 2002 to 2005 in intact forests, where human influence is limited, and in non-intact forests, which have been shaped by human activity . Our results show that there were more fires in years during which the weather was anomalous, but that more than 87% of fires in boreal Russia were started by people.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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