Team researching how climate influences wildfire frequency

October 11, 2017
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

A team of researchers from the University of Missouri … and United States Forest Service are continuing an effort to research how climate influences wildfire frequency. The group…developed the Physical Chemical Fire Frequency Model (PC2FM) just a few years ago. The model focuses on two variables – temperature and precipitation – to understand how climate drives wildfire across the world. “Development of this model began as a conversation about what is controlling wildfire frequency across the entire United States,” said Stambaugh, an associate research professor in forestry. …While wildfires can’t be fully prevented, the model can be used understand climate’s influence on wildfire probability and where and why it changes across different regions.

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