Landscape-scale reconstruction of the spatio-temporal attributes and biophysical drivers of mixed-severity fire regimes in the Alberta Foothills

Ecosystem-based management (EBM) presumes that sustainability is a function of how well we understand ecosystem function and ecological dynamics. This includes understanding relationships among climate, disturbance, vegetation patterns, and ecological services. Recent research on the historical ecology of montane forests in western Canada has challenged the long-standing notion that stand-replacing fires characterized the landscape. Instead, a mixed-severity regime (MSFR) existed in portions of the montane forest. To evaluate the implications of these findings for EBM, new research is needed to quantify the prevalence of MSFRs and describe their ecological dynamics. TO BE CONT'D

Cameron Naficy
Faculty Supervisor: 
Nicholas Coops
British Columbia
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