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USGS Lecture: Future of Fires in Sierra Nevada

posted Oct 1, 2015, 9:56 AM by MPFPD Community Crisis Management

Fire-climate Relationships in the Sierra Nevada: Surprises relevant to future fire regime forecasts
Jon E. Keeley, USGS Research Scientist

Historical variation in annual fire activity is tied to climate only in the montane forests.Fires are largely insensitive to winter temperatures but significantly affected by spring and summer temperatures.
Future impacts of global warming on fire activity are largely dependent on the seasonal patterns of warming. Lower elevation foothill shrublands and savannahs are not strongly affected by high temperatures in any season.

Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 7PM - Rambo Auditorium/Bldg. 3, 345 Middlefield Rd., Menlo Park
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