“Ecosystems Could Once Bounce Back From Wildfires. Now, They’re Being Wiped Out for Good”

by AlexiaR on March 13, 2018 - 7:06pm

In the article “Ecosystems Could Once Bounce Back From Wildfires. Now, They’re being wiped out for good” written by Lakshmi Supriya, the author informs the readers about ecosystems losing their resiliency, meaning they can’t bounce back from disturbances, more precisely, he explains how an ecosystem can be completely ravaged by uncontrollable forest fires without the ability to grow back. He explains that forest fires are a natural and essential way to allow reproduction and new nutrients to grow, therefore new beginnings for the plants and trees. However, when the fire lasts too long or burns too much of the soil, it gets to a point where the ecosystem is no longer able to recover from these harsh damages. There were many researches conducted in order to figure out how certain forests are coping with this type of disturbance, due to climate change that cause more fires and droughts. Researchers found out that in moister and higher areas, different types of tree species, different from those that were there before, are growing in regions that have been affected by wildfires to better suit and adapt to the environment and climate they are currently growing in. To conclude, it is still possible for forests to regenerate although it may take longer than it once did due to the climate change that occurs.


I find that it is important to be aware of the forest fires happening in the world even though it is not a problem that can be solved by humans themselves. Wildfires is just natures way to regenerate and reproduce on a blank slate but there should be ways to control how much it burns over what period of time, for them to be able to reestablish complete forests without having too much trouble. There’s not much we can change from how nature works, however, there is the possibility of modifying our ways to essentially reduce the impact of climate change by emitting less carbon into the atmosphere.





I find your summary very interesting because it talks about the resiliency of an ecosystem which consists of the ability to absorb disturbance and still retain its basic function and structure. Also, I loved the fact that you mentioned wildfires as natural occurrence. Forest fires are natural disturbances which are particularly important to the cycle of regeneration and regrowth. In fact, fire can be a constructive force that maintain health and perpetuity on ecosystems. However, on the other hand, fire can also be a destructive force and can rapidly cause negative impacts. As you already claim, the effects of fire on an ecosystem depend on the fire intensity and the scale of time and space of assessment. In my opinion, it is very alarming to see that fire has been correlated with climate changes. Moreover, climate change affects fire regimes directly. The increase in temperatures will result in a greater frequency and intensity/severity of those future fires. Fire frequency is likely to increase in the short term, but this change is going to lead to a longer-term change in the abundance of the ecosystem. In other words, there will be an increase in fire potential around the world.

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