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Assessing Wildfire Risk in High Northern Latitudes

Authors: Justin Fain*, Miami University, Jessica L McCarty, Miami University, Robert A Francis, Miami University
Topics: Polar Regions, Remote Sensing
Keywords: Arctic, Wildfire, Greenland, Fire Risk
Session Type: Poster
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Here, we analyzed the approximate 24 km2 summer 2017 wildfire in Greenland at approximately 68° N in the Nassuttooq region. Study of the Greenland fire is limited by the poor coverage of satellite observations in high northern latitudes. An increased rate of wildland fire events in northern high-latitude locations highlights the need for more comprehensive geospatial monitoring of potential causes and drivers of wildland fire in the Arctic. This study compiled the little available data to assess wildfire risk and model the spread of the 2017 wildfire. The factors considered include human presence and activity data, weather, soil moisture, vegetative fuels, and terrain characteristics.

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