Effects of climate variability on savannah fire regimes in West Africa

  • E. T. N'Datchoh, A. Konaré, A. Diedhiou, A. Diawara, E. Quansah, P. Assamoi
  • Earth System Dynamics, April 2015, Copernicus GmbH
  • DOI: 10.5194/esd-6-161-2015

Climate interactions with biomass burning in savannas of West Africa.

What is it about?

Climate and meteorological conditions controls biomass availability and conditions for burning during dry season in Africa. Here, we have investigated the effects of climate (via rainfall and large scale indexes) in biomass burning use in West Africa savannas.

Why is it important?

Biomass burning is a wide spread phenomenon in Africa, at the involving climate, ecology and society. It is important to assess how climate controls biomass availability and how well monitor indexes can help having idea of the quality of fire season (meaning more or less biomass available for burning).


N'Datchoh Evelyne TOURE
Universite Felix Houphouet-Boigny

This work, may help countries and policy makers in Africa (with rare observation networks) to have an alternative with the large scale climate indexes for predicting and putting in place policy for better vegetation fire management. This may lead to put in place an early fire alert system and will help reducing social conflicts observed every dry seasons between communities in many countries of West Africa.

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