Mar 28 2014

Alaska CSC Lead Scientist Discusses Fire Ecology

Jeremy Littell, Alaska CSC Lead Scientist, will present two talks for the Alaska Fire Science Consortium at the Spring Alaska Fire Science Workshop in Fairbanks, AK, April 2, 2014.

The first talk, entitled "The limits of statistical fire modeling: what goes up must come down", will discuss advances in the statistical modeling of fire-climate relationships and projections of future fire activity given anticipated climate changes in the lower 48 western US. This presentation will be one of many given during the Workshop, which will take place from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm in the Binkley Room at Pike's Waterfront Lodge. This event is open to everyone. Workshop presentations will be available on the AFSC website and remote access by phone will be provided.

The second talk, entitled "Smokey Bear and Prometheus fist-fight in heaven", is a public talk about the general nature of past, present, and future fire-climate relationships and fuels in the west. This presentation will take place from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus in room 103 of the Murie Building.

Both fire managers and the public in fire-prone Interior Alaska can benefit from understanding the expected changes in fire regimes under climate change. The purpose of these talks is to further catalyze research in Alaska that is comparable to work that has been done in the lower 48 but recognizes Alaska's unique climate, fuels, and fire management objectives.

Please contact Alaska CSC Director Steve Gray (sgray_at_usgs.gov) with any questions.