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Forests 2015, 6(4), 903-913; doi:10.3390/f6040903

Anomalies of the Austrian Forest Fire Regime in Comparison with Other Alpine Countries: A Research Note

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Department of Forest- and Soil Sciences, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Institute of Silviculture, Peter Jordan Str. 82, 1190 Vienna, Austria
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Veneto Region Civil Protection Bureau, Via Paolucci 34, 30175 Venice, Italy
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Academic Editor: Jianbang Gan
Received: 10 November 2014 / Revised: 9 March 2015 / Accepted: 13 March 2015 / Published: 24 March 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Climate Change and Forest Fire)
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In recent years, Austria has experienced highly variable forest fire activity with new record values regarding the number of fires and sizes of burned areas. Single seasons in 2011, 2012 and 2013 showed 20-year-peaks and significant differences regarding fire activity. A statistical overview of datasets from Austria, Switzerland, Italy and Slovenia is given, allowing a preliminary comparison between the Alpine countries. Higher temperatures in combination with local dry weather conditions are hypothesized as reasons for the observed anomalies. Further analysis will be done with new climatic data in high spatial resolution from the “AgroDroughtAustria” project to confirm these preliminary findings. View Full-Text
Keywords: forest fire regime; Austria; Alps; alpine region; anomalies; climate change forest fire regime; Austria; Alps; alpine region; anomalies; climate change
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Müller, M.M.; Vacik, H.; Valese, E. Anomalies of the Austrian Forest Fire Regime in Comparison with Other Alpine Countries: A Research Note. Forests 2015, 6, 903-913.

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