More than 70% and up to 90% (i.e. ~2 – 14 MHa annually) of the total area burned in Russia has occurred in Siberia. The Siberian taiga is expected to become more prone to forest fires. This may result in an increase in both fire frequency and area, and may convert northern Siberian forest to a source for greenhouse gases. The goal of this presentation is to discuss an analysis of climate impacts on the fire frequency, burned area and fire return intervals (FRI) of Siberian forests. The study area includes the (1) Whole territory of Siberia. (2) a South-north transect within Central Siberia focusing on larch forests and (3) Recent Siberian silkmoth damaged stands (area ~460 thousand ha) in the Dark Needle Conifer forest at the edge of historical outbreaks. Results to be discussed include impacts of wild fires and insect outbreaks in Siberia using satellite ( i.e Landsat, Terra/Aqua MODIS and NOAA AVHRR) and field data.
Viacheslav (Slava) Kharuk is a forest ecologist specializing in Siberian forest dynamics especially related to climate change impacts. He is a long time colleague to several Biospheric Sciences scientists and a collaborator on projects including BOREAS, Forest Ecosystem Dynamics, SIR-C and several Siberia forest expeditions. Prof. Kharuk is the Head, Forest monitoring Lab at Sukachev Institute of Forests and the Head of the GIS Chair at Siberian Federal University in Krasnoyarsk Russia. His areas of interest include: forest ecology, climate change, and remote sensing.