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Han et al. 2016

Han, Y.M., D.M. Peteet, R. Arimoto, J.J. Cao, Z.S. An, S. Sritrairat, and B.Z. Yan, 2016: Climate and fuel controls on North American paleofires: Smoldering to flaming in the Late-glacial-Holocene Transition. Sci. Rep., 6, 20719, doi:10.1038/srep20719.

Smoldering and flaming fires, which emit different proportions of organic (OC) and black carbon (BC, in the form of char and soot), have long been recognized in modern wildfire observations but never in a paleo-record, and little is known about their interactions with climate. Here we show that in the late glacial-early Holocene transition period, when the climate was moist, relatively high quantities of char were deposited in Linsley Pond, Connecticut, USA while soot was more abundant during the warmer and drier early Holocene interval. The highest soot mass accumulation rates (MARs) occurred at the beginning of the Holocene as fuel availability increased through the climatic transition when boreal forests were locally extirpated. These variations with time are related to the different formation pathways of char and soot, which are governed by combustion efficiency. This study provides an approach for differentiating smoldering from flaming combustion in paleo-wildfire reconstructions. Our results suggest that climate and fuel loads control the occurrence of different wildfire types and precipitation may play a key role.

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@article{ha00810y,
  author={Han, Y. M. and Peteet, D. M. and Arimoto, R. and Cao, J. J. and An, Z. S. and Sritrairat, S. and Yan, B. Z.},
  title={Climate and fuel controls on North American paleofires: Smoldering to flaming in the Late-glacial-Holocene Transition},
  year={2016},
  journal={Sci. Rep.},
  volume={6},
  pages={20719},
  doi={10.1038/srep20719},
}

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TY  - JOUR
ID  - ha00810y
AU  - Han, Y. M.
AU  - Peteet, D. M.
AU  - Arimoto, R.
AU  - Cao, J. J.
AU  - An, Z. S.
AU  - Sritrairat, S.
AU  - Yan, B. Z.
PY  - 2016
TI  - Climate and fuel controls on North American paleofires: Smoldering to flaming in the Late-glacial-Holocene Transition
JA  - Sci. Rep.
VL  - 6
SP  - 20719
DO  - 10.1038/srep20719
ER  -

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