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Fire, Climate Change, and Carbon Cycling in the Boreal Forest

  • Eric S. Kasischke
  • Brian J. Stocks


  • Improved estimates of carbon released

  • Direct evidence of enhanced soil respiration after fire

  • Studies of the influence of fire on long-term forest-succession patterns


Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 138)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction

    1. Eric S. Kasischke, Brian J. Stocks
      Pages 1-5
  3. Information Requirements and Fire Management and Policy Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-17
    2. Eric S. Kasischke
      Pages 19-30
    3. Joel S. Levine, Wesley R. Cofer III
      Pages 31-48
    4. Paul C. Ward, William Mawdsley
      Pages 66-84
    5. Perry Grissom, Martin E. Alexander, Brad Cella, Frank Cole, J. Thomas Kurth, Norman P. Malotte et al.
      Pages 85-101
  4. Processes Influencing Carbon Cycling in the North American Boreal Forest

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-110
    2. Laura L. Bourgeau-Chavez, Martin E. Alexander, Brian J. Stocks, Eric S. Kasischke
      Pages 111-131
    3. Anatoly Z. Shvidenko, Sten Nilsson
      Pages 132-150
    4. Eric S. Kasischke, Katherine P. O’Neill, Nancy H. F. French, Laura L. Bourgeau-Chavez
      Pages 173-196
    5. Daniel D. Richter, Katherine P. O’Neill, Eric S. Kasischke
      Pages 197-213
    6. Eric S. Kasischke, Nancy H. F. French, Katherine P. O’Neill, Daniel D. Richter, Laura L. Bourgeau-Chavez, Peter A. Harrell
      Pages 214-235
  5. Spatial Data Sets for the Analysis of Carbon Dynamics in Boreal Forests

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 237-238
    2. Vladislav A. Alexeyev, Richard A. Birdsey, Victor D. Stakanov, Ivan A. Korotkov
      Pages 239-257
    3. Laura L. Bourgeau-Chavez, Eric S. Kasischke, James P. Mudd, Nancy H. F. French
      Pages 258-273
    4. Peter J. Murphy, James P. Mudd, Brian J. Stocks, Eric S. Kasischke, Donald Barry, Martin E. Alexander et al.
      Pages 274-288
    5. Anatoly Z. Shvidenko, Sten Nilsson
      Pages 289-311

About this book


In boreal forests, which contain large amounts of the world's terrestrial organic carbon, fire is a natural and fundamental disturbance regime essential in controlling many ecosystem processes. As a result of predicted climate change in the future, the fire regime and, consequently, the forest cover and carbon storage of boreal regions will undergo dramatic alterations. This volume discusses the direct and indirect mechanisms by which fire and climate interact to influence carbon cycling in North American boreal forests. The first section summarizes the information needed to understand and manage fire's effects on the ecology of boreal forests and its influence on global climate change issues. Following chapters discuss in detail the role of fire in the ecology of boreal forests. Subsequent sections present data sets on fire and the distribution of carbon, discuss the use of satellite imagery in monitoring these regions and discuss approaches to modeling the relevant processes. The book offers the following new results: improved estimates of carbon released during fires at a variety of scales, from individual sites to the entire North American boreal forest region; direct evidence of enhanced soil respiration after fire in Alaskan boreal forests; studies of the influence of fire on long-term forest-succession patterns; modeling results of the effects of climate warming on the fire regime; examples of the use of satellite imagery to monitor surface characteristics important in carbon cycling; modeling results of how climate change will interact with the fire regime to influence carbon storage.


Scale Vegetation atmosphere biomass carbon chemistry climate change cyclin decomposition ecology ecosystem ecosystem processes forest global climate change satellite

Editors and affiliations

  • Eric S. Kasischke
    • 1
  • Brian J. Stocks
    • 2
  1. 1.Environmental Research Institute of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  2. 2.Canadian Forest Service—Ontario RegionSault Ste. MarieCanada

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