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Declining severe fire activity on managed lands in Equatorial Asia

Sean Sloan
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Niels Andela
Megan E Cattau
David Gaveau
Luca Tacconi
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Fire activity is declining globally due to intensifying land management, but trends remain uncertain for the humid tropics, particularly Equatorial Asia. Here, we report that rates of fire events deemed severe (≥75 th severity percentile of 2002-2019) and very severe (≥90 th percentile) for Indonesia declined 19-27% and 23-34% over 2002-2019, respectively, controlling for precipitation, where fire-event severity is given by total fire radiative power and duration. The severity of seasonal fire activitya measure of extremenessdeclined 16% in Sumatra and moderately elsewhere. Declines concentrated over mosaic croplands and nearby forest, accounting for one-fifth and one-quarter of fire activity, respectively, with each class contracting 11% amongst severe fire events. Declines were limited over mosaic lands with relatively limited cropping, despite accounting for a similar extent and one-fifth share of fire activity. Declines had an uncertain association with agricultural development but seemingly reflect related political and economic forces for economic and environmental security.
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cirad-03920148 , version 1 (03-01-2023)

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Sean Sloan, Bruno Locatelli, Niels Andela, Megan E Cattau, David Gaveau, et al.. Declining severe fire activity on managed lands in Equatorial Asia. Communications Earth & Environment, 2022, 3, ⟨10.1038/s43247-022-00522-6⟩. ⟨cirad-03920148⟩

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