Kevin McGarigal

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Department of Natural Resources ConservatioN
University of Massachusetts
160 Holdsworth Way
Amherst , MA 01003-9285 , Afghanistan

Publications in Fire Ecology

Changes in Fire Severity across Gradients of Climate, Fire Size, and Topography: A Landscape Ecological Perspective
Pages: 86-103
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0502086

Fire events contribute to landscape pattern at multiple spatial and temporal scales, and a landscape perspective can provide relevant information for assessing how a changing fire regime will influence pattern-process dynamics. We investigated how the amount and spatial arrangement of high-severity patches varied among 20 fires that occurred in Arizona and New Mexico, USA, across gradients in fire size and climate. The climate gradient was based on the Multivariate El Niño Southern Oscillation Index. In the southwestern US, cool dry conditions are prevalent in La Niña at one extreme, and at the other end, warm wet conditions occur in El Niño. Fires were generally larger in La Niña climates; however, several fires deviated from this trend.  [Read More]

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