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Biogeosciences, 18, 2559–2572, 2021
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Biogeosciences, 18, 2559–2572, 2021
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Research article 22 Apr 2021

Research article | 22 Apr 2021

Wetter environment and increased grazing reduced the area burned in northern Eurasia from 2002 to 2016

Wei Min Hao et al.

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We examined the trends in the spatial and temporal distribution of the area burned in northern Eurasia from 2002 to 2016. The annual area burned in this region declined by 53 % during the 15-year period under analysis. Grassland fires in Kazakhstan dominated the fire activity, comprising 47 % of the area burned but accounting for 84 % of the decline. A wetter climate and the increase in grazing livestock in Kazakhstan are the major factors contributing to the decline in the area burned.
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