Articles | Volume 18, issue 12
Biogeosciences, 18, 3861–3879, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-18-3861-2021

Special issue: The role of fire in the Earth system: understanding interactions...

Biogeosciences, 18, 3861–3879, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-18-3861-2021

Research article 29 Jun 2021

Research article | 29 Jun 2021

The importance of antecedent vegetation and drought conditions as global drivers of burnt area

Alexander Kuhn-Régnier et al.

Model code and software

empirical-fire-modelling Alexander Kuhn-Regnier https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4778777

ALEPython Alexander Kuhn-Regnier, Maxime Jumelle, and Sanjif Rajaratnam https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4739201

wildfires Alexander Kuhn-Regnier https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4778770

era5analysis Alexander Kuhn-Regnier https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4173493

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Along with current climate, vegetation, and human influences, long-term accumulation of biomass affects fires. Here, we find that including the influence of antecedent vegetation and moisture improves our ability to predict global burnt area. Additionally, the length of the preceding period which needs to be considered for accurate predictions varies across regions.
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