Megafires are currently proving beyond human control, despite high budgets and mature fire-fighting technologies. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently concluded that severe fire weather is very likely to increase under projected global warming. Recent extreme fire seasons in regions such as Amazonia, eastern Australia, western USA, the Mediterranean and the Arctic, underscore the urgent need to better understand the interactions between climate change, human activity and fire regimes. China is another key region where these interactions should be explored. In this focus issue, we will combine knowledge about wildfire across China to develop an integrative paradigm of ‘pyrogeography’, that addresses the scientific questions about wildfire.
Themes will include, but won’t be limited to:
- Relationships between global warming, fire weather and megafire behaviour
- Fire impacts on ecosystem structures, functions, carbon storage, water resources, air pollutions and human health
- Changing fire regimes in the past, present and the future
- Chained disasters induced by wildfire (e.g., landslides)
- Fire management solutions for changing climate
- Novel techniques in wildfires (artificial intelligence, big data, cloud computing, machine learning, data mining, deep learning and reinforcement learning)
- Reviews on wildfires
- Submission deadline: 30 September 2022
Please read the Guide for Authors before submitting. All articles should be submitted online; please select “VSI: Pyrogeography: the driving force, impact and management of wildfire in China” on submission.
- Professor Long Sun, School of Forestry, Northeast Forestry University, China. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Professor Xiaodong Liu, School of Ecology and Nature Conservation, Beijing Forestry University, China. Email: email@example.com
- Professor Xiaorui Tian, Institute of Forest Ecology, Environment and Nature Conservation, Chinese Academy of Forestry, China. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Professor Jiyan Yin, China Fire and Rescue Institute, China, Email: email@example.com
- Professor Keyan Fang, School of Geographical Sciences, Fujian Normal University, China. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Professor Zhiwei Wu, School of Geography and Environment, Jiangxi Normal University, China. Email: email@example.com
- Associate Professor Futao Guo, College of Forestry, Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, China. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Associate Professor Lei Fang, Institute of Applied Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China. Email: email@example.com
- Associate Professor Meng Guo, School of Geographical Sciences, Northeast Normal University, China. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Associate Professor Xiaoying Li, School of Forestry, Northeast Forestry University, China. Email: email@example.com
- Associate Professor Qichao Yao, Wildfire Research Center, National Institute of Natural Hazards, China. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Academic editors organize the peer review of the manuscripts submitted to the special issue, and are responsible for proofreading of manuscripts before publication on behalf of the Editorial Office.