Arid Ecosystems

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Assessment of the present dynamics of fires in arid ecosystems by use of remote sensing data: The case of chernye zemli

  • M. Yu. Dubinin
  • A. A. Lushchekina
  • V. C. Radeloff
Applied Problems of Arid Lands Development


The process of vegetation burning is an essential component in the dynamics of grassy arid ecosystems. An understanding of the impact of fires on various components of the arid ecosystem is required for scientific, environmental, and management tasks, and it should be assessed with a high spatial and temporal resolution. This paper presents a method and description of data to be used in such an assessment of fire dynamics. The spatiotemporal dynamics of fires in the Chernye Zemli area is described. It shows the abundance of fires, their high interannual variability, clusterization in a territory, and the dominance of large fires.


arid ecosystems fires remote sensing Chernye Zemli 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Yu. Dubinin
    • 1
  • A. A. Lushchekina
    • 2
  • V. C. Radeloff
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Wisconsin-MadisonMadisonUSA
  2. 2.Institute for Issues of Ecology and EvolutionRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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