Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Version of Record

Publication Date

8-12-2008

Description

The interannual variability of fire activity has been studied without an explicit investigation of a suitable starting month for yearly calculations. Sensitivity analysis of 37 months of global MODIS active fire detections indicates that a 1-month change in the start of the fire year definition can lead, in the worst case, to a difference of over 6% and over 45% in global and subcontinental scale annual fire totals, respectively. Optimal starting months for analyses of global and subcontinental fire interannual variability are described. The research indicates that a fire year starting in March provides an optimal definition for annual global fire activity.

Publication Title

Journal of Geophysical Research

Volume

113

DOI of Published Version

10.1029/2008JG000686

Pages

11

Type

text

Format

application/pdf

Language

en

Publisher

American Geophysical Union

Rights

© American Geophysical Union

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