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Wolfgang Knorr

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Modeling vegetation and ecosystem responses to climate change and fire regime

Author

  • Kirsten Thonicke
  • Nikolas Fyllas
  • Arneth Almut
  • Wolfgang Knorr
  • Minchao Wu

Editor

  • José M. Moreno

Summary, in English

Climatic fire danger will likely increase because more droughts and heat-waves are caused by climate change. Climate change can shift fires from occurring only rarely to regularly in ecosystems not until now adapted to fire. We applied dynamic vegetation-fire models to investigate these future responses. The future of fire in Mediterranean-type ecosystems depends strongly on changes in vegetation productivity, thus fuel availability, if burned area increases as much as fire danger. Temperate ecosystems might be exposed to Mediterranean-like fire regimes. In high altitudes, Mediterranean trees might migrate up-hill and cause feedbacks between diversity and fire under climate change.

Topic

  • Earth and Related Environmental Sciences

Status

Published

Project

  • Land-atmosphere interactions and regional Earth system dynamics due to natural and anthropogenic vegetation changes

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISBN: 978-84-695-9759-0