Impact of Savanna fire scars on heat and moisture fluxes to the atmosphere and feedbacks to the local boundary layer

C. K. Wendt, J. Beringer, N. J. Tapper, L. B. Hutley

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Abstract

The effects of tropical savanna fire scars on local to regional climate in terms of heat and moisture fluxes and their impact on the boundary layer, were investigated. The project field sites were located on the Gunn Point Peninsula, 35km south east of Darwin near the township of Howard Springs, in the Northern Territory, Australia. The fire scar investigated in this study was centered at approximately 12°29S, 131°09E and was approximately 100km2 in area. The results show that depending on local conditions such as aerodynamic changes to savanna vegetation, the size and intensity of the fire, it is possible that these areas could produce localized areas of convergence and divergence and mesoscale circulation systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages187-199
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2004
Event26th Conference on Agricultural and Forest Meteorology - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Duration: 23 Aug 200426 Aug 2004

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Conference26th Conference on Agricultural and Forest Meteorology
CountryCanada
CityVancouver, BC
Period23/08/0426/08/04

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Wendt, C. K., Beringer, J., Tapper, N. J., & Hutley, L. B. (2004). Impact of Savanna fire scars on heat and moisture fluxes to the atmosphere and feedbacks to the local boundary layer. 187-199. Paper presented at 26th Conference on Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, Vancouver, BC, Canada.