Extensive fires in southeastern Siberian permafrost linked to preceding Arctic Oscillation.

https://arctichealth.org/en/permalink/ahliterature307310
Source
Sci Adv. 2020 01; 6(2):eaax3308
Publication Type
Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
Date
01-2020
Author
Jin-Soo Kim
Jong-Seong Kug
Su-Jong Jeong
Hotaek Park
Gabriela Schaepman-Strub
Author Affiliation
School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK.
Source
Sci Adv. 2020 01; 6(2):eaax3308
Date
01-2020
Language
English
Publication Type
Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
Abstract
Carbon release through boreal fires could considerably accelerate Arctic warming; however, boreal fire occurrence mechanisms and dynamics remain largely unknown. Here, we analyze fire activity and relevant large-scale atmospheric conditions over southeastern Siberia, which has the largest burned area fraction in the circumboreal and high-level carbon emissions due to high-density peatlands. It is found that the annual burned area increased when a positive Arctic Oscillation (AO) takes place in early months of the year, despite peak fire season occurring 1 to 2 months later. A local high-pressure system linked to the AO drives a high-temperature anomaly in late winter, causing premature snowmelt. This causes earlier ground surface exposure and drier ground in spring due to enhanced evaporation, promoting fire spreading. Recently, southeastern Siberia has experienced warming and snow retreat; therefore, southeastern Siberia requires appropriate fire management strategies to prevent massive carbon release and accelerated global warming.
PubMed ID
31934623 View in PubMed
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