Wildfires and Climate Variability in the State of Missouri.

Authors: Omolola Akinola*, University of Missouri - Kansas City, Jimmy Adegoke, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Topics: Hazards, Risks, and Disasters, Hazards and Vulnerability, Climatology and Meteorology
Keywords: Wildfires, Climate variability, Missouri, Forest fire, Hazards
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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Wildfires and Climate Variability in the State of Missouri.

Better understanding of fire activity is critical to knowing wildfire pattern because fire activity fluctuates with weather and climate trends. In this paper, we provide an in-depth characterization and description of fire activity in three regions high, moderate and low forest risk zones comprising the whole of Missouri State. Fire records between the years of 1995 to 2018 in the state of Missouri on the number of fires, burned area, fire season and cause acquired from the Missouri Department of Conservation were correlated with climate data such as precipitation and temperature using Person Correlation method. The correlation results reveal no significant correlation between climate and wildfire occurrence in Missouri state. However, there is a correlation between wildfire occurrence and human activities and lightning strikes in the high forest risk zone.

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