Journal article

The Proximal Drivers of Large Fires: A Pyrogeographic Study

Hamish Clarke, Trent Penman, Matthias Boer, Geoffrey J Cary, Joseph B Fontaine, Owen Price, Ross Bradstock

Frontiers in Earth Science | FRONTIERS MEDIA SA | Published : 2020

Abstract

Variations in global patterns of burning and fire regimes are relatively well measured, however, the degree of influence of the complex suite of biophysical and human drivers of fire remains controversial and incompletely understood. Such an understanding is required in order to support current fire management and to predict the future trajectory of global fire patterns in response to changes in these determinants. In this study we explore and compare the effects of four fundamental controls on fire, namely the production of biomass, its drying, the influence of weather on the spread of fire and sources of ignition. Our study area is southern Australia, where fire is currently limited by eit..

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