On the scaling and standardization of charcoal data in paleofire reconstructions

Crystal McMichael, Britte Heijink, Mark Bush & William Gosling
Understanding the biogeography of past and present fire events is particularly important in tropical forest ecosystems, where fire rarely occurs in the absence of human ignition. Open science databases have facilitated comprehensive and synthetic analyses of past fire activity, but charcoal datasets must be standardized (scaled) because of variations in measurement strategy, sediment type, and catchment size. Here, we: i) assess how commonly used metrics of charcoal scaling perform on datasets from tropical forests; ii)...
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