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Peckham, SD, Ahl, DE, Serbin, SP, Gower, ST (2008). Fire-induced changes in green-up and leaf maturity of the Canadian boreal forest. REMOTE SENSING OF ENVIRONMENT, 112(9), 3594-3603.

Recent studies of vegetation phenology of northern forests using satellite data Suggest that the observed earlier spring increase and peak amplitude of the normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) are a result of climate warming. In addition to undergoing all increase in temperature, the northern forests of Canada have also seen a dramatic increase in area burned by wildfire over the same time period. Using the Canadian Large Fire Database, we analyzed the impact fire had oil the phenological dates derived from fitting a logistical model to yearly data from 2004 for several different subsets of both AVHRR-NDVI and MODIS LAI in wildfire dominated terrestrial ecozones. Fire had a significant but complex effect oil estimated phenology dates. The most recently burned areas (1994-2003) had later green-up dates in two ecozones for AVHRR data and all ecozones for MODIS. However, older forested (not burned during 1980-2003) had estimated green-up dates I to 9 clays earlier than the entire forested area in the MODIS LAI data. These data corroborate studies in Canada and demonstrate that fire history is influencing boreal forest phenology and growing season LAI. (C) 2008 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.



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