Global Change, Pyrophysiology, and Wildfires

  • Víctor Resco de Dios
Part of the Managing Forest Ecosystems book series (MAFE, volume 36)


We can expect many changes in the activity of wildfires as a result of global change. Most research has focused on climatic effects, but additional factors such as changes in land cover and land use and including plant biological invasions also play major roles. Furthermore, wildfires exert a large influence to affect global biodiversity, and, depending on management, the effects may be either positive or negative. Here we begin by explaining geographical variations in fire activity as a function of first biogeographical principles and which changes in fire activity we might expect globally. We will then discuss more specifically the issues associated with each of the major biomes globally. Next, we will move to discussing the new challenges for civil protection that fires will bring. We will pay particular attention to issues related to the wildland urban interface and to pyroconvective activity. The chapter ends by discussing the interactions between wildfire activity and invasive species and biodiversity.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Víctor Resco de Dios
    • 1
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  1. 1.School of Life Science and EngineeringSouthwest University of Science and TechnologyMianyangChina
  2. 2.Crop and Forest Sciences and JRU CTFC-AGROTECNIOUniversitat de LleidaLleidaSpain

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