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Fuel characteristics, loads and consumption in Scots pine forests of central Siberia. 2019. Ivanova, G.A.; Kukavskaya, E.A.; Ivanov, V.A.; Conard, S.G.; McRae, D.J. Journal of Forestry Research: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11676-019-01038-0.

Year: 2019

Issued by: Great Lakes Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 39990

Language: English

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DOI: 10.1007/s11676-019-01038-0

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Boreal forest ecosystems contain large stores of carbon and occur in northern regions where climate is warming most rapidly and fires are becoming more frequent and more severe. Because Russia contains some two-thirds of the global boreal forest, accurate data on fuel characteristics and impacts of fire in these systems are particularly important for improving our understanding of fuel consumption, emissions, and effects of fire on regional and global carbon stocks. Even within Russia, forests vary widely in biomass and fuel characteristics and in fire regimes—differences that are often not captured in global models or appreciated by forest managers or decision-makers. The data obtained provide a strong foundation for understanding and modeling fire behavior, emissions, and fire effects on ecosystem processes and carbon stocks and could be used to improve existing global and regional models that incorporate biomass and fuel characteristics.