Coupled Climate, Wildfire, and Land Use Change Impacts in the Western U.S.

A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2021) | Viewed by 360

Special Issue Editor

United States Geological Survey, Reston, VA 20192, USA
Interests: fires hazards; biodiversity; biogeography; ecosystem functions; land use change recreation; geospatial analysis; spatial analysis; geographic information systems; mathematical modeling; mathematical simulation; remote sensing; risk assessment; statistical analysis

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The unprecedented wildfires of 2020, and the conditions in which they are burning from California to Washington, may be a preview of a growing climate crisis. Midway through the fire season, over 5 million acres of the Western U.S. have burned, with five of the six largest wildfires in California’s history still smoldering, and Oregon and Washington each experiencing wildfires outside their range of normal fire activity. Set amongst this backdrop, land use change, such as continued development in the wildland urban interface, is simultaneously increasing the likelihood and consequences of catastrophic wildfires—the impacts of which will likely grow as climate change directly and indirectly increases the risk of wildfire.

In this Special Issue, we seek papers investigating the nature of coupled climate, wildfire, and land use change effects in the Western U.S. Analyses of projections and scenarios of potential future conditions are suggested to capture a range of conditions that may now seem more plausible given current events. Impacts to ecosystem services, species of concern, human communities, and economic effects from wildfire are all welcomed. Investigations of actionable management activities and mitigation decisions through time given changing climate conditions and land cover/land use change are encouraged. The goal of this collection is therefore timely and broad, ranging from the identification of local actions to reduce the consequence of wildfire, to exploring large-scale natural climate solutions to reduce climate change effects.

Dr. Jason Kreitler
Guest Editor

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  • land use change
  • climate change
  • wildfire
  • fire effects
  • Western U.S.
  • California
  • scenarios
  • projections

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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