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Daniau, Anne-Laure; Bartlein, Patrick J; Harrison, S P; Prentice, Iain Colin; Brewer, Simon; Friedlingstein, Pierre; Harrison-Prentice, T I; Inoue, J; Izumi, K; Marlon, Jennifer R; Mooney, Scott D; Power, Mitchell J; Stevenson, J; Tinner, Willy; Andric, M; Atanassova, J; Behling, Hermann; Black, M; Blarquez, O; Brown, K J; Carcaillet, C; Colhoun, Eric A; Colombaroli, Daniele; Davis, Basil A S; D'Costa, D; Dodson, John; Dupont, Lydie M; Eshetu, Z; Gavin, D G; Genries, A; Haberle, Simon G; Hallett, D J; Hope, Geoffrey; Horn, S P; Kassa, T G; Katamura, F; Kennedy, L M; Kershaw, A Peter; Krivonogov, S; Long, C; Magri, Donatella; Marinova, E; McKenzie, G Merna; Moreno, P I; Moss, Patrick T; Neumann, F H; Norstrom, E; Paitre, C; Rius, D; Roberts, Neil; Robinson, G S; Sasaki, N; Scott, Louis; Takahara, H; Terwilliger, V; Thevenon, Florian; Turner, R; Valsecchi, V G; Vannière, Boris; Walsh, M; Williams, N; Zhang, Yancheng (2012): Charcoal records of two sediment cores off SW Africa. PANGAEA,, Supplement to: Daniau, A-L et al. (2012): Predictability of biomass burning in response to climate changes. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 26(4),

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We analyze sedimentary charcoal records to show that the changes in fire regime over the past 21,000 yrs are predictable from changes in regional climates. Analyses of paleo- fire data show that fire increases monotonically with changes in temperature and peaks at intermediate moisture levels, and that temperature is quantitatively the most important driver of changes in biomass burning over the past 21,000 yrs. Given that a similar relationship between climate drivers and fire emerges from analyses of the interannual variability in biomass burning shown by remote-sensing observations of month-by-month burnt area between 1996 and 2008, our results signal a serious cause for concern in the face of continuing global warming.
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Dupont, Lydie M; Behling, Hermann; Kim, Jung-Hyun (2008): Thirty thousand years of vegetation development and climate change in Angola (Ocean Drilling Program Site 1078). Climate of the Past, 4, 107-124,
Shi, Ning; Dupont, Lydie M; Beug, Hans-Jürgen; Schneider, Ralph R (1998): Vegetation and climate changes during the last 21 000 years in S.W. Africa based on a marine pollen record. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, 7(3), 127-140,
Median Latitude: -14.538993 * Median Longitude: 12.205958 * South-bound Latitude: -17.157217 * West-bound Longitude: 11.011667 * North-bound Latitude: -11.920770 * East-bound Longitude: 13.400250
Date/Time Start: 1988-02-28T00:00:00 * Date/Time End: 1997-09-04T06:05:00
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  1. Dupont, LM (2012): Charcoal records of ODP Hole 175-1078C.
  2. Dupont, LM (2012): Charcoal records of sediment core GeoB1023-5.