Key past publications from our Team

  • Decolonising Fire Science by Re-examining Fire Management across Contested Landscapes: A Workshop Approach


    Croker, A.R. Ford, A.E.S. Kountouris, Y., Mistry, J., Muthiuru, A.C., Smith, C., Praise, E., Chiawo, D., Muniu, V (2024)

  • Modelling the daily probability of wildfire occurrence in the contiguous United States

    Environmental Research Letters

    Keeping, T., Harrison, S.P, and Prentice, I.C. (2023)

  • Toward quantification of the feasible potential of land-based carbon dioxide removal

    One Earth

    Perkins, O., Alexander, P., Arneth, A., Brown, C. Millington, J.D.A. and Rounsevell, M. (2023)

    Blog post
  • Changing fire regimes in East and Southern Africa’s savanna-protected areas: opportunities and challenges for indigenous-led savanna burning emissions abatement schemes

    Fire Ecology

    A. R. Croker, J.Woodsand Y. Kountouris (2023)

  • Fires in the uplands: future impact of prescribed fires and woodland restoration on biodiversity and carbon stocks in the Cairngorms National Park

    Leverhulme Wildfires

    M. Valette, S. Newey, K. Schreckenberg and T. Dawson (2023)

    Blog post

    Full report

  • The response of wildfire regimes to Last Glacial Maximum carbon dioxide and climate


    Haas, O., Prentice, I. C., and Harrison, S. P (2023)

  • How global narratives shape local management: A history of fire in the tropical savannas of Belize and Guyana

    The Geographic Journal

    C. SmithK. De Freitas, and J. Mistry (2023)

  • Community-Based Fire Management in East and Southern African Savanna-Protected Areas: A Review of the Published Evidence

    Earth's Future

    A. R. CrokerJ. Woods, and Y. Kountouris (2023)

  • A generative model for surrogates of spatial-temporal wildfire nowcasting

    IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computational Intelligence

    S. Cheng, Y. Guo, and R. Arcucci (2023)

  • Fire Responses Shape Plant Communities in a Minimal Model for Fire Ecosystems across the World

    The American Naturalist

    M. Magnani, R. Díaz-Sierra, L. Sweeney, A. Provenzale and M. Baudena (2023)

  • The infiltration of wildfire smoke and its potential dose on pregnant women: Lessons learned from Indonesia wildfires in 2019


    V. Ardiyani, M. Wooster, M. Grosvenor, P. Lestari and Wiranda Suri (2023)

  • Climate and fire drivers of forest composition and openness in the Changbai Mountains since the Late Glacial

    Forest Ecosystems

    M. Meng, S.P Harrison, D. Jie, N. Li, B. Liu, D. Li, G. Gao, and H. Niu (2023)

  • Design of stochastic trigger boundaries for rural communities evacuating from a wildfire

    Fire Safety Journal

    N. Kalogeropoulos, H.Mitchell, E. Ronchi, S. Gwynne, G. Rein (2023)

  • Assessing public preferences for a wildfire mitigation policy in Crete, Greece

    Forest Policy and Economics

    H.Misal, E. Varela, A. Voulgarakis, A.Rovithakis, M. Grillakis, and Y. Kountouris (2023)

  • Reduced-order digital twin and latent data assimilation for global wildfire prediction

    Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences

    C. Zhong, S. Cheng, M. Kasoar, and R. Arcucci

  • Community Abundance of Resprouting in Woody Plants Reflects Fire Return Time, Intensity, and Type


    Y. Shen, W. Cai, I. C. Prentice and S. P. Harrison (2023)

  • KAPAS II: simulation of peatland wildfires with daily variations of peat moisture content

    International Journal of Wildland Fire

    M. J. Purnomo , S.Apers , M. Bechtold , P. Sofan and G. Rein

  • Local and remote climate impacts of future African aerosol emissions

    Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics

    C. D. Wells, M. Kasoar, N. Bellouin, and A. Voulgarakis (2023)

  • Relationships between building features and wildfire damage in California, USA and Pedrógão Grande, Portugal

    International Journal of Wildland Fire

    S. Dossi, B. Messerschmidt, L. M. Ribeiro , M. Almeida and G. Rein (2022)

  • Development of gas signatures of smouldering peat wildfire from emission factors

    International Journal of Wildland Fire

    Hu, Y., and Rein, G. (2022)

  • Experimental study of the ignition conditions for self-sustained smouldering in peat

    Proceedings of the Combustion Institute

    W. Cui, Y. Hu, and G. Rein (2022)

  • Integrating wildfire spread and evacuation times to design safe triggers: Application to two rural communities using PERIL model

    Safety Science

    Mitchell, H., Gwynne, S., Ronchi, E., Kalogeropoulos, N., and Rein, G. (2022)


  • GAMBUT field experiment of peatland wildfires in Sumatra: from ignition to spread and suppression

    International Journal of Wildland Fire

    Santoso, M.A., Christensen, E.G., Amin, H.M.F., Palamba, P., Hu, Y., Purnomo, D.M.J., Cui, W., Pamitran, A., Richter, F., Smith, T.E.L., Nugroho, Y.S. and Rein, G. (2022)

  • Systematic Mapping and Review of Landscape Fire Smoke (LFS) Exposure Impacts on Insects

    Environmental Entomology

    Liu, Y., Francis, R.A., Wooster, M. J., Grosvenor, M.J., Yan, S., and Roberts, G. (2022)

  • Sentimental wildfire: a social-physics machine learning model for wildfire nowcasting

    Journal of Computational Social Science

    Lever, J. and Arcucci, R. (2022)

    Blog post

  • Social Data Assimilation of Human Sensor Networks for Wildfires

    PETRA '22: Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments

    Lever, J., Arcucci, R., and Cai, J. (2022)

  • Parameter Flexible Wildfire Prediction Using Machine Learning Techniques: Forward and Inverse Modelling

    Remote Sensing

    Cheng, S., Jin, Y., Harrison, S.P., Quilodrán-Casas, C., Prentice, I.C., Guo, Y-K., Arcucci, R., 2022.

  • Human Fire Use and Management: A Global Database of Anthropogenic Fire Impacts for Modelling


    Millington, J.D.A., Perkins, O. and Smith, C. (2022)

    Blog post

  • Parameter Flexible Wildfire Prediction Using Machine Learning Techniques: Forward and Inverse Modelling

    Remote Sensing

    Cheng, S., Jin, Y., Harrison, S.P., Quilodrán-Casas, C., Prentice, I.C., Guo, Y, and Arcucci, R., (2022)

  • Assessing anthropogenic influence on fire history during the Holocene in the Iberian Peninsula

    Quaternary Science Reviews

    Sweeney, L., Harrison, S.P. and Vander Linden, M. (2022)

  • Towards Social Machine Learning for Natural Disasters

    International Conference on Computational Science

    Lever, J. and Arcucci, R. (2022)

  • Towards a global behavioural model of anthropogenic fire: The spatiotemporal distribution of land-fire systems

    Socio-Environmental Systems Modelling

    Perkins, O., Matej, S., Erb, K., and Millington, J. (2022)

    Blog post

  • Reconstructing burnt area during the Holocene: an Iberian case study

    Climate of the Past

    Shen, Y.,  Sweeney, L.,  Liu, M.,  Lopez Saez, J.A.,  Pérez-Díaz, S., Luelmo-Lautenschlaeger, R.,  Gil-Romera, G., Hoefer, D.,  Jiménez-Moreno, G., Schneider, H., Prentice, I.C., and Harrison, S.P. (2022)

  • Data-driven surrogate model with latent data assimilation: Application to wildfire forecasting

    Journal of Computational Physics

    S. Cheng, I. C. Prentice, Y.Huang, Y. Jin, Y.K. Guo and R. Arcucci

  • Global environmental controls on wildfire burnt area, size, and intensity

    Environmental Research Letters

    Haas, O., Prentice, I. C., and Harrison, S.P. (2022)

    Blog post

  • Pacific subsurface temperature as a long-range indicator of El Niño, regional precipitation, and fire

    Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society

    Tsui, E.Y.L., and Toumi, R. (2022)


  • Future climate change impact on wildfire danger over the Mediterranean: the case of Greece

    Environmental Research Letters

    Rovithakis, A.,  Grillakis, MG., Seiradakis, K., Giannakopoulos, C., Karali, A., Field, R., Lazaridis, M. and Voulgarakis, A. (2022)

    Blog post

  • Climate drivers of global wildfire burned area

    Environmental Research Letters

    Grillakis, M., Voulgarakis, A., Rovithakis, A, Seiradakis, K.D., Koutroulis, A., Field, R.D., Kasoar, M. Papadopoulos, A. and Lazaridis, M. (2022)

    Blog post

  • Global decline in subsistence-oriented and smallholder fire use

    Nature Sustainability

    Smith, C., Perkins, O. & Mistry, J. (2022)

    Blog post

  • The Reading Palaeofire database: an expanded global resource to document changes in fire regimes from sedimentary charcoal records

    Earth System Science Data

    Harrison, S. P. et al incl. Gallagher, D., Kesner, D., Lincoln, P., Shen, Y., Sweeney, L., Colombaroli, D. (2022)



  • Satellite remote sensing of active fires: History and current status, applications and future requirements

    Remote Sensing of Environment

    Wooster, M.J. e al. incl. Nguyen, H. (2021)

  • The Reading Palaeofire Database v1b: an expanded global resource to document changes in fire regimes from sedimentary charcoal records

    University of Reading Research Data Archive

    Harrison, S., Diaz-Villegas, R., Lincoln, P. Kesner, D., Cruz-Silva, E., Sweeney, L., Shen, Y., and Gallagher, D. (2022)

  • Understanding and modelling wildfire regimes: an ecological perspective

    Environmental Research Letters

    Harrison, S.P., Prentice, I.C., Bloomfield, K.J., Dong, N., Forkel, M., Forrest, M., Ningthoujam, R.K., Pellegrini, A., Shen, Y., Baudena, M., Cardoso, A.W., Huss, J.C., Joshi, J., Oliveras, I., Pausas, J.G., and Simpson, K.J. (2021)


  • Climate influence on the 2019 fires in Amazonia

    Science of the Total Environment

    Dong, X., Li, F., Lin, Z., Harrison, S.P., Chen, Y., Kug, J-S., 2021

  • Examining the relationship between elections and wildfires

    International Journal of Wildland Fire

    Kountouris, Y. (2021)

  • Coupling interactive fire with atmospheric composition and climate in the UK Earth System Model

    Geoscientific Model Development

    Teixeira, J. C., Folberth, G., O’Connor, F. M., Unger, N., and Voulgarakis, A. (2020)

  • Modelling Human-Fire Interactions: Combining Alternative Perspectives and Approaches

    Frontiers in Environmental Science

    Ford, A.E.S., Harrison S.P., Kountouris, Y., Millington, J.D.A., Mistry, J., Perkins., O., Rabin S.S.,  Rein, G., Schreckenberg, K., Smith. C, Smith, T.E., and Yadav, K. (2021)


  • Smouldering wildfires in peatlands, forests and the arctic: Challenges and perspectives

    Current Opinion in Environmental Science & Health

    Rein, G., and Huang, X. (2021)

  • From colonial forestry to ‘community-based fire management’: the political ecology of fire in Belize’s coastal savannas, 1920 to present

    Journal of Political Ecology

    Smith, C. (2021)

  • Hurricanes as an enabler of Amazon fires

    Scientific Reports

    Tsui, E.Y.L., and Toumi R. (2021)

  • Climate influence on the 2019 fires in Amazonia

    Science of The Total Environment

    Dong, X. et al incl. Harrison, S.P. (2021)

  • The importance of antecedent vegetation and drought conditions as global drivers of burnt area


    Kuhn-Régnier, A.,  Voulgarakis, A., Nowack, P., Forkel, M.,  Prentice, I.C.,  and Harrison, S.P. (2021)

    Blog post

  • To Burn or not to Burn? The History behind the Construction of a New Paradigm of Fire Management in Venezuela through Interculturality: Local Actions of National and Regional Impact

    Biodiversidade Brasileira - BioBrasil

    Bilbao, B. et al, incl. Mistry, J. (2021)

  • Spontaneous ignition of soils: a multi-step reaction scheme to simulate self-heating ignition of smouldering peat fires

    Yuan, H. , Restuccia, F. and Rein, G. (2021)

    Blog post

  • Global impact of landscape fire emissions on surface level PM2.5 concentrations, air quality exposure and population mortality

    Atmospheric Environment

    Roberts, G. & Wooster, M. (2021)

    Blog post

  • Laboratory study on the suppression of smouldering peat wildfires: effects of flow rate and wetting agent

    International Journal of Wildland Fire

    Santoso, M.S. et al. incl. Rein, G (2021)

    News story

  • Connections of climate change and variability to large and extreme forest fires in southeast Australia

    Communications Earth & Environment

    Abram, N.J., et al. incl. Wooster, M. (2021)

    Blog post

  • Using cellular automata to simulate field-scale flaming and smouldering wildfires in tropical peatlands

    Proceedings of the Combustion Institute

    Purnomo, D. M.J., et al, incl. Rein. G. (2021)

    Blog post

  • Strong impacts of smoke polluted air demonstrated on the flight behaviour of the painted lady butterfly (Vanessa cardui L.)

    Ecological Entomology

    Liu, Y., Wooster, M.J., Grosvenor, M.J., et al. (2020)

    Blog post

  • Influence of wind and slope on multidimensional smouldering peat fires

    Proceedings of the Combustion Institute

    Christensen, E.G., Hu, Y., Purnomo, D.M.J., & Rein, G. (2020)


  • First study of Sentinel-3 SLSTR active fire detection and FRP retrieval: Night-time algorithm enhancements and global intercomparison to MODIS and VIIRS AF products

    Remote Sensing of Environment

    Xu, W., Wooster, M.J., He, J., and Zhang, T. (2020)

    Blog post

  • Advances in the estimation of high Spatio-temporal resolution pan-African top-down biomass burning emissions made using geostationary fire radiative power (FRP) and MAIAC aerosol optical depth (AOD) data

    Remote Sensing of Environment

    Nguyen, H.M. and Wooster, M.J. (2020)


  • Quantitative assessment of fire and vegetation properties in simulations with fire-enabled vegetation models from the Fire Model Intercomparison Project

    Geoscientific Model Development

    Hantson, S. et al. incl. Mangeon, S.* and Voulgarakis, A. (2020)

  • Global ecosystems and fire: multi‐model assessment of fire‐induced tree cover and carbon storage reduction

    Global Change Biology

    Lasslop, G., et al incl. Harrison, S.P. (2020)

    Blog post

  • Climate Change Increases the Risk of Wildfires

    Science Brief

    Jones, M.W. et al. incl. Prentice, I.C. (2020)

  • Recent global and regional trends in burned area and their compensating environmental controls.

    Environmental Research Communications, 1: 051005.

    Forkel, M. et al. incl. Harrison, S.P. (2019).

  • Sharing multiple perspectives on burning: towards a participatory and intercultural fire management policy in Venezuela, Brazil, and Guyana.

    Fire, 2: 39.

    Bilbao, B., Mistry, J., Millán, A. and Berardi, A. (2019).

  • Emergent relationships with respect to burned area in global satellite observations and fire-enabled vegetation models.

    Biogeosciences, 16: 57-76.

    Forkel, M., Andela, N., Harrison, S.P., Lasslop, G. et al. (2019).

  • New perspectives in fire management in South American savannas: the importance of intercultural governance.

    AMBIO: A Journal of the Human Environment, 48(2): 172-179.

    Mistry, J., Schmidt, I., Eloy, L. and Bilbao, B. (2019).

  • From fire suppression to fire management: Advances and resistances to changes in fire policy in the savannas of Brazil and Venezuela.

    Geographical Journal, 185: 10-22.

    Eloy, L., Bilbao, B., Mistry, J. and Schmidt, I. (2019).

  • Influence of fire on the carbon cycle and climate.

    Current Climate Change Reports, 5(2): 112-123.

    Lasslop, G., Coppola, A.I., Voulgarakis, A., Yue, C. and Veraverbeke, S. (2019).

  • The biomass burning contribution to climate–carbon-cycle feedback.

    Earth System Dynamics, 9: 663-677.

    Harrison, S.P., Bartlein, P.J., Brovkin, V., Houweling, S., Kloster, S., and Prentice, I.C. (2018).

  • New tropical peatland gas and particulate emissions factors indicate 2015 Indonesian fires released far more particulate matter (but less methane) than current inventories imply.

    Remote Sensing, 10, 495.

    Wooster, M.J. et al (2018)

  • The status and challenge of global fire modelling.

    Biogeosciences, 13: 3359-3375.

    Hantson, S., Arneth, A., Harrison, S.P., Kelley, D.I., Prentice, I.C. et al. inc. Voulgarakis, A. (2016).

  • Fire carbon emissions over maritime southeast Asia in 2015 largest since 1997.

    Scientific Reports, 6, 26886.

    Huijnen, V., Wooster, M.J. et al. (2016).

  • INFERNO: a fire and emissions scheme for the UK Met Office’s Unified Model.

    Geoscientific Model Development, 9: 2685-2700.

    Mangeon, S., Voulgarakis, A., Gilham, R., Harper, A., Sitch, S. and Folberth, G. (2016).

  • Community owned solutions for fire management in tropical ecosystems: case studies from Indigenous communities of South America.

    Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 371(1696): 20150174

    Mistry, J., Bilbao, B. and Berardi, A. (2016).

  • Fire influences on atmospheric composition, air quality and climate.

    Current Pollution Reports, 1(2): 70-81.

    Voulgarakis, A. and Field, R.D. (2015).

  • Interannual variability of tropospheric trace gases and aerosols: The role of biomass burning emissions.

    JGR Atmospheres, 120(14): 7157-7173.

    Voulgarakis, A., Marlier, M.E., Faluvegi, G., Shindell, D.T., Tsigaridis, K. and Mangeon, S. (2015).

  • LSA SAF Meteosat FRP products – Part 1: Algorithms, product contents, and analysis.

    Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 15: 1-23.

    Wooster, M.J. et al. (2015).

  • Causal relationships versus emergent patterns in the global controls of fire frequency.

    Biogeosciences, 11: 5087-5101.

    Bistinas, I., Harrison, S.P., Prentice, I.C. and Pereira, J. M. C. (2014).

  • Improved simulation of fire–vegetation interactions in the Land surface Processes and eXchanges dynamic global vegetation model (LPX-Mv1).

    Geoscientific Model Development, 7: 2411-2433.

    Kelley, D.I., Harrison, S. P. and Prentice, I. C. (2014).

  • Global biomass burning: a synthesis and review of Holocene paleofire records and their controls.

    Quaternary Science Reviews, 65: 5-25.

    Marlon, J.R., Bartlein, P.J., Daniau, A.-L., Harrison, S.P. et al. (2013).

  • Predictability of biomass burning in response to climate changes.

    Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 26: GB4007.

    Daniau, A.-L., Bartlein, P. J., Harrison, S. P., Prentice, I. C. et al. (2012).

  • Por que é importante entender as inter-relações entre pessoas, fogo e áreas protegidas?

    Biodiversidade Brasileira, 1(2): 40-49.

    Mistry, J. and Bizerril, M. (2011).

  • Geography and the promise of integrative environmental research.

    Geoforum, 40: 127-129.

    Demeritt, D. (2009).

  • From externality to inputs and interference: framing environmental research in geography.

    Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 34: 3-11.

    Demeritt, D. (2008).

  • Retrieval of biomass combustion rates and totals from fire radiative power observations: Application to southern Africa using geostationary SEVIRI imagery.

    Journal of Geophysical Research, 110: D21111.

    Roberts, G., Wooster, M. J. et al. (2005).