Articles | Volume 14, issue 18
Biogeosciences, 14, 3995–4008, 2017
Biogeosciences, 14, 3995–4008, 2017
Research article
15 Sep 2017
Research article | 15 Sep 2017

Precipitation–fire linkages in Indonesia (1997–2015)

Thierry Fanin and Guido R. van der Werf

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Using night fire detection and rainfall datasets during 1997–2015, we found that the number of night fires detected in 1997 was 2.2 times higher than in 2015, but with a higher fraction of peatland burned in 2015. We also confirmed the non-linearity of rainfall accumulation prior to a fire to indicate a high fire year. The influence of rainfall on the number of yearly fires varies across Indonesia. Southern Sumatra and Kalimantan need 120 days of observations, while northern Sumatra only 30.
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