Fire is a complex phenomenon that responds to climate and vegetation and may become more difficult to manage in the context of global climate and land use change (Bowman et al., 2009). Understanding dynamics of fire over extended periods of time that incorporate climate variability and forest change could help inform management of forests in the 21st century (Whitlock et al., 2008). Our study focused on fire-drought interactions in a small landscape of northern Wisconsin over a 200-year period characterized by dramatic shifts in human settlement and forest use and management.
We are implementing new technologies for studying the environment through formation of the Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON), a grassroots network of scientists and information technology experts who use data from instrumented buoys around the world to understand the complex coupling of physical and biological processes in lakes.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Cooperative Agreement #DEB-0822700, NTL LTER. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.