WEBINAR: Fire Management, Fire Science, and Climate Change: Where Do We Go From Here?

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Monday, November 25, 2013 - 10:00am to 11:00am AKST

This webinar, hosted by the Alaska Fire Science Consortium, was presented by Jeremy Littell from the Alaska Climate Science Center.

Fire, climate, and vegetation are tightly linked from the time scale of a single fire event to the time scales associated with landscape and ecosystem change. But climate change - and, in many places, fire suppression - has changed the nature of fire regimes we thought we knew by changing the interaction between fire, climate and fuels. By understanding the ways these components interact, we gain a better knowledge of the nature of fire - for example what is "catastrophic", what is "natural", what is a "fire regime" in a world of constant change? Also, we can gain better understanding of how fire and vegetation might unfold in the future given climate change and how we might make choices about the human relationship with fire via our attempts to manage it. In this webinar, Jeremy talked about work that has done trying to better understand how climate affects fire in different vegetation types of the western U.S. and what implications that work has for understanding climate change and fire elsewhere.

Jeremy Littell is a USGS research ecologist and the lead research coordinator for the Department of Interior Alaska Climate Science Center. His job is to make sure as many people and agencies as possible can get and use better climate information for decision making purposes. His scientific work is focused on the impacts of climate variability and climate change on forest, mountain, and arctic ecosystems, including how physical and hydrologic variation affects fire, tree growth, and tree establishment. He spent his undergraduate and graduate careers chasing ancient trees in the mountains of Washington, Idaho, and Montana and chasing fire and climate data out of filing cabinets and around the internet. More recently, he worked at the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group on synthesizing climate impacts science and developing climate change products for stakeholders.

For more information visit the Alaska Fire Science Consortium.