Articles | Volume 13, issue 11
Biogeosciences, 13, 3225–3244, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-3225-2016
Biogeosciences, 13, 3225–3244, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-3225-2016

Research article 03 Jun 2016

Research article | 03 Jun 2016

Reconstructions of biomass burning from sediment-charcoal records to improve data–model comparisons

Jennifer R. Marlon et al.

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We reconstruct spatiotemporal variations in biomass burning since the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) using the Global Charcoal Database version 3 (including 736 records) and a method to grid the data. LGM to late Holocene burning broadly tracks global and regional climate changes over that interval. Human activities increase fire in the 1800s and then reduce it for most of the 20th century. Burning is now rapidly increasing, particularly in western North America and southeastern Australia.
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