Charcoal dispersion and deposition in boreal lakes
from 3 years of monitoring: Differences
between local and regional fires.
France Oris, Adam Ali, Hugo Asselin, Laure Paradis, Yves Bergeron, Walter Finsinger.
To evaluate the influence of long-distance transport of charcoal particles on the detection of local wildfires from lake sediment sequences, we tracked three consecutive years of charcoal deposition into traps set within seven boreal lakes in northeastern Canada. Peaks in macroscopic charcoal accumulation (>150?µm) were linked to both local (inside the watershed) and regional wildfires. However, regional fires were characterized by higher proportions of small particles (<0.1?mm2) in charcoal assemblages. We conclude that the analysis of particle size distribution is useful to discriminate “true” local fires from regional wildfires.