Climate warming and fire in a naïve biome: Using insights from boreal forest to understand causes and consequences of fire intensification in arctic tundra

Principal Investigators:

Michelle C. Mack

Human-caused warming of climate at high northern latitudes appears to be increasing the intensity, frequency and size of wildfires in boreal and arctic tundra biomes. Because >40% of the worlds biological carbon stocks reside in these biomes, intensification of fire could be a strong, positive feedback to climate warming. Although fire has been part of the natural disturbance regime in many regions of the boreal forest, arctic tundra has experienced relatively little fire disturbance in the Holocene. Intensification of fire in arctic tundra represents... more

Participants and Meetings

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ActivityDatesFurther Information
Sabbatical Fellow20th August 2009—5th June 2010Participant List  

Participant Contact Information

Michelle C. Mackmcmack@botany.ufl.eduUniversity of Florida

Products: Publications, Reports, Datasets, Presentations, Visualizations

TypeProduct of NCEAS Research
Journal Article Mack, Michelle C.; Bret-Harte, Syndonia; Hollingsworth, Teresa N.; Jandt, Randi R.; Schuur, Edward A.G.; Shaver, Gaius R.; Verbyla, David L. 2011. Carbon loss from an unprecedented Arctic tundra wildfire. Nature. Vol: 475(7357). Pages 489-492. (Online version)
"Climate warming and fire in a naïve biome: Using insights from boreal forest to understand causes and consequences of fire intensification in arctic tundra" is project ID: 12428