The Impact of Climate change on Wildfire

Authors: Diqi Zeng*, University of Cincinnati
Topics: United States
Keywords: Forest Fire, Climate change
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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The frequency and damage of wildfire across the western United States are arising in size and numbers. Previous studies reveal that climate change could be the main factor for the increase of wildfire frequency. The objective of this study is to investigate the impact of climate on wildfires and the factors contributing to the preparation of a wildfire. Climate indexes from 1998 to 2010 are calculated to estimate the impact of temperature, relative humidity, and soil moisture on the wildfire frequency. Fires occurred in the urban area of Las Vegas and Phoenix are compared. The preparing days for a serious fire in both study area are analyzed based on the precipitation and maximum temperature.

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