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https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-15-4317-2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-15-4317-2018
Research article
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17 Jul 2018
Research article |  | 17 Jul 2018

The impacts of recent drought on fire, forest loss, and regional smoke emissions in lowland Bolivia

Joshua P. Heyer, Mitchell J. Power, Robert D. Field, and Margreet J. E. van Marle

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A variety of data were explored to better understand relationships among climate, fire, smoke emissions, and human land use in lowland Bolivia. Paleosedimentary work and modern fire records have linked drought to fire in the southern Amazon. From 2000 to 2015, our results indicate drought was the dominant control on wildfire in lowland Bolivia and in Noel Kempff Mercado National Park. Note that fire was most common in the Cerrado and seasonally inundated wetland biomes.
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