Mortality events resulting from Australia's catastrophic fires threaten aquatic biota

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Abstract

The size and intensity of bushfires during the 2019-2020 Australian season has been unprecedented (Nolan et al., 2020). The fires in south-eastern Australia were extraordinary in terms of the land area burnt (7.2 million hectares; Figure 1); four times that of the 2019 Brazilian Amazon and 1.8 times the 2017 United States' fires (Bladon, 2018). The frequency and intensity of fires are predicted to increase over coming years as the Australian climate becomes warmer and drier (Leigh et al., 2015).

Original languageEnglish
JournalGlobal Change Biology
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 17 Jul 2020

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