Fire Trends in Tropical Mexico: A Case Study of Chiapas

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Abstract:

The vast majority of the world's fires today occur in tropical and subtropical areas. The problem of fire in these countries reflects increased human and climatic pressures, which provoke interactions between fire and the transformed landscapes. Chiapas, a tropical state in the Mexican Republic, maintains a fire dataset, and it has similarities with other tropical areas. This study represents a descriptive approach to the problem in Chiapas, where fire is recognized as a major disturbance that degrades habitats and reduces ecosystem services. To date there has been little information about fire trends and contributing factors, but both frequency and intensity of fires appear to increase in El Niño years and to vary with landownership.

Keywords: El Niño; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; land use; natural resource management; natural resources; tropical forest

Document Type: Regular Article

Affiliations: 1: Researcher School of Geosciences University of Edinburgh, Grant Institute West Mains Road Edinburgh EH9 3JW Scotland, Email: sucre3@yahoo.com 2: Professor Centre de Recerca Ecològica i Aplicacions Forestals (CREAF) i Unitat d'Ecologia, Facultat de Ciències Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona Spain 3: Research Fellow Centre de Recerca Ecològica i Aplicacions Forestals (CREAF) i Unitat d'Ecologia, Facultat de Ciències Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona Spain

Publication date: January 1, 2004

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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