Synthesis of Knowledge: Fire History and Climate Change

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Fire is a climate influenced ecosystem process recorded in paleoclimate and paleoecology records covering a long span of Earth history. Human use and management of fire increased human influence as climate warmed and modern societies emerged from the last ice age into the modern era. Modern fire management practices developed over the last century during relatively stable climate. As we entered the 21st Century, scientific evidenced mounted that human activities are now influencing climate to a significant extent. This report synthesizes available scientific information on fire history and climate change to describe likely impacts of 21 st Century climate change on fire management.

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