Articles | Volume 16, issue 2
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-16-275-2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-16-275-2019
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22 Jan 2019
Research article |  | 22 Jan 2019

Varying relationships between fire radiative power and fire size at a global scale

Pierre Laurent, Florent Mouillot, Maria Vanesa Moreno, Chao Yue, and Philippe Ciais

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Fire propagation and fire size are usually considered to be proportional to fire intensity. We used a global database of fire patch size and fire radiative power, used as a proxy of fire intensity, to test this relationship at a global scale. We showed that in some regions fire size tends to saturate when a regional fire intensity threshold is reached. We concluded that increasing landscape fragmentation limits fire propagation and this effect should be accounted for in global fire modules.
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