Relation of surface climate and burned area in Yellowstone National Park

Robert Balling, Grant A. Meyer, Stephen G. Wells

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The statistical relation between annual burn area in Yellowstone National Park and local climate conditions is established over the past century. Our analyses reveal that the summer Palmer Drought Severity Index (PDSI) can account for approximately one-third of the temporal variance in the burn area data. Owing largely to a reduction in antecedent wintertime precipitation, a statistically significant decline in summer PDSI values (representing a trend toward increasing aridity) is identified for the Yellowstone area.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)285-293
Number of pages9
JournalAgricultural and Forest Meteorology
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Aug 31 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Forestry
  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Atmospheric Science


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