Detecting the effect of climate change on Canadian forest fires
Article first published online: 29 SEP 2004
Copyright 2004 by the American Geophysical Union.
Geophysical Research Letters
Volume 31, Issue 18, September 2004
How to Cite
2004), Detecting the effect of climate change on Canadian forest fires, Geophys. Res. Lett., 31, L18211, doi:10.1029/2004GL020876., , , and (
- Issue published online: 29 SEP 2004
- Article first published online: 29 SEP 2004
- Manuscript Accepted: 27 AUG 2004
- Manuscript Revised: 9 AUG 2004
- Manuscript Received: 29 JUN 2004
 The area burned by forest fires in Canada has increased over the past four decades, at the same time as summer season temperatures have warmed. Here we use output from a coupled climate model to demonstrate that human emissions of greenhouse gases and sulfate aerosol have made a detectable contribution to this warming. We further show that human-induced climate change has had a detectable influence on the area burned by forest fire in Canada over recent decades. This increase in area burned is likely to have important implications for terrestrial emissions of carbon dioxide and for forest ecosystems.