Jan 12, 2017

EEE 2015: An Assessment of the Role of Anthropogenic Climate Change in the Alaska Fire Season of 2015

by
James L. Partain Jr., Sharon Alden, Uma S. Bhatt, Peter A. Bieniek, Brian R. Brettschneider, Rick T. Lader, Peter Q. Olsson, T. Scott Rupp, Heidi Strader, Richard L. Thoman Jr., John E. Walsh, Alison D. York, and Robert H. Ziel
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Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society

Main finding:

The 2015 Alaska fire season burned the second largest number of acres since records began in 1940. Human-induced climate change may have increased the risk of a fire season of this severity by 34%–60%.


Longer report:

EEE 2015: Explaining Extreme Events of 2015 from a Climate Perspective