Journal article

High-severity wildfires in temperate Australian forests have increased in extent and aggregation in recent decades

Bang Nguyen Tran, Mihai A Tanase, Lauren T Bennett, Cristina Aponte

PLOS ONE | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2020

Abstract

Wildfires have increased in size and frequency in recent decades in many biomes, but have they also become more severe? This question remains under-examined despite fire severity being a critical aspect of fire regimes that indicates fire impacts on ecosystem attributes and associated post-fire recovery. We conducted a retrospective analysis of wildfires larger than 1000 ha in south-eastern Australia to examine the extent and spatial pattern of high-severity burned areas between 1987 and 2017. High-severity maps were generated from Landsat remote sensing imagery. Total and proportional high-severity burned area increased through time. The number of high-severity patches per year remained unc..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors would like to acknowledge the financial support of the Melbourne Research Scholarship program, the Vietnam International Education Cooperation Department (VIED) scholarship, and the Integrated Forest Ecosystem Research program, supported by the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.