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Price and Rind 1994

Price, C., and D. Rind, 1994: The impact of a 2×CO2 climate on lightning-caused fires. J. Climate, 7, 1484-1494, doi:10.1175/1520-0442(1994)007<1484:TIOACC>2.0.CO;2.

Future climate change could have significant repercussions for lightning-caused wildfires. Two empirical fire models are presented relating the requency of lightning fires and the area burned by these fires to the effective precipitation and the frequency of thunderstorm activity. One model deals with the seasonal variations in lighning fire, while the second model deals with the interannual variation of lightning fires. These fire models are then used with the Goddard Institute for Space Studies General Circulation Model to investigate possible changes in fire frequency and area burned in a 2×CO2 climate. In the United States, the annual mean number of lightning fires increases by 44%, while the area burned increases by 78%. On a global scale, the largest increase in lighning fires can be expected in untouched tropical ecosystems where few natural fires occur today.

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  author={Price, C. and Rind, D.},
  title={The impact of a 2×CO2 climate on lightning-caused fires},
  journal={J. Climate},

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ID  - pr02200i
AU  - Price, C.
AU  - Rind, D.
PY  - 1994
TI  - The impact of a 2×CO2 climate on lightning-caused fires
JA  - J. Climate
VL  - 7
SP  - 1484
EP  - 1494
DO  - 10.1175/1520-0442(1994)007%3C1484%3ATIOACC%3E2.0.CO;2
ER  -

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