Special Issue "Wildland Fire under Changing Climate (2nd Volume)"

A special issue of Atmosphere (ISSN 2073-4433). This special issue belongs to the section "Climatology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (18 October 2023) | Viewed by 1087

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Arctic Research Center, Hokkaido University, Sapporo 0010021, Japan
Interests: wildland fire; risk analysis; climate change; weather; forests and climate change; fire; environment; vegetation
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Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue is a follow-up of the first Issue entitled “Wildland Fire under Changing Climate” (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/atmosphere/special_issues/wildland_fire) published in Atmosphere. It will cover all aspects of climate-change-related fire issues.

Large-scale fires are becoming more frequent due to the rise in temperature and the accompanying decrease in humidity under climate change in recent years. This Special Issue will collect papers on fires around the world from high latitudes to the tropics, including fires in boreal and temperate forests, fires in the Mediterranean climate, tundra and peat fires, agricultural residue fires, fires caused by deforestation and land use changes, and so on. Our main study questions are as follows:

  • What are the fuels and causes of future fires?
  • What are the latest fire trends, fire seasons, and fire distributions?
  • How do fires vary and impact climate and air quality?
  • What are the impacts of fires on the projected changes of land cover/land use changes?
  • How can remote sensing and geospatial technologies aid in mapping, monitoring, and quantification?

We invite articles from international researchers working on fires, air pollution, and the above questions related to fire–atmospheric interactions.

Dr. Hiroshi Hayasaka
Guest Editor

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  • wildland fire
  • tundra fire
  • peatland fire
  • hotspot
  • climate change
  • fire weather
  • air pollution
  • deforestation
  • land use change

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Fire Weather Conditions in Plantation Areas in Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
Atmosphere 2023, 14(10), 1480; https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos14101480 - 24 Sep 2023
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Peatland fires in Indonesia tend to be more active during El Niño-related droughts, with the exception of fires in North Sumatra. As North Sumatra is located north of the equator and is affected by the winter and summer monsoons, fires tend to be [...] Read more.
Peatland fires in Indonesia tend to be more active during El Niño-related droughts, with the exception of fires in North Sumatra. As North Sumatra is located north of the equator and is affected by the winter and summer monsoons, fires tend to be more active not only during the dry main season from January to March, but also in June and August due to short-term droughts. Due to these complex fire trends, no appropriate fire-related indices have been found in North Sumatra. In this paper, 20 years of fire (hotspot (HS) data from 2003 to 2022, weather data (hourly and daily), and various satellite data were used to analyze fire weather conditions in Dumai plantation areas. Analysis results of 20 fire incidents (largest fires (HSs) of each year) showed the following fire weather conditions: high wind speeds (>19 km h−1), high temperatures (>33 °C), and low relative humidity (<50%). Based on the results of fire and weather analyses, several fire-related indices selected from various satellite-measured data were examined. Precipitable water vapor has the highest negative correlation with fires. It is hoped that this new fire index will be used for fire prevention not only Sumatra but also in other areas in Indonesia. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Wildland Fire under Changing Climate (2nd Volume))
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