Wildfire frequency and distributions in the Northeast will directly be affected by climate change, but little is known about wildfire activity in the past.
Using a less frequent method of analysis, NE CSC Graduate Fellow, Dan Miller, sought to determine if certain compounds leave a more accurate trace of wildfire events. Focusing on sediments collected from Basin Pond in Fayette, Maine, the results of this study provides information about wildfire histories of the past 900 years in order to help us predict these events in the future. The conclusions of the study were recently published in the Journal of Paleolimnology on October 14th, 2017.
Miller, D.R., Castañeda, I.S., Bradley, R.S. et al. 2017. Local and regional wildfire activity in central Maine (USA) during the past 900 years. Journal of Paleolimnology