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Recent climate change: Rethinking drought in the context of Forest Fire Research in Ticino, South of Switzerland

Michael Reinhard, Martine Rebetez & Rodolphe Schlaepfer

Résumé We analyse trends over the past 32 years in drought variables in the context of forest fire research and climate change in Ticino, Southern Switzerland. January to April and in particular the month of March have become drier. This is the time of the year when forest fires are most frequent. Our results show an increasing trend in all climatic variables favourable to drought and forest fires, including the length of episodes without precipitation, sunshine duration and temperature, and a decrease in relative humidity. The only exception is the number of "foehn" days, which have not significantly increased.
   
Mots-clés 20TH-CENTURY
   
Citation Reinhard, M., Rebetez, M., & Schlaepfer, R. (2005). Recent climate change: Rethinking drought in the context of Forest Fire Research in Ticino, South of Switzerland. Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 82(1-2), 17-25.
   
Type Article de périodique (Français)
Date de publication 2005
Nom du périodique Theoretical and Applied Climatology
Volume 82
Numéro 1-2
Pages 17-25