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The pyrogeography of western North America: how climate has affected fire regimes and fire history across the west, and where we may be going in the future

Date: September 27, 2011
Presenter(s): Peter M. Brown

A recent surge of scientific knowledge and interest in fire climatology derives from two factors: increasing understanding of broad-scale ocean-atmosphere climate forcings, such as the El Nino-Southern Oscillation, and their teleconnections to regional and local patterns of droughts and wildfires, and mounting evidence that global warming is increasing fire season length and numbers and extent of large fires in the western US. This project - a Fire and Climate Synthesis (FACS) for the western US - is an effort to synthesize fire history data from fire scars and fire atlases to develop a pyrogeography of fire climatology across this region, and to develop new science to apply these data to fire forecasting and ecosystem management. The main project goals are to provide improved data, information access, and scientific models and tools to fire managers, planning staff at all levels in natural resource and fire management, NIFC predictive services, and for wildfire planning and policy decision processes. This webinar was hosted by the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center, the Joint Fire Science Program, and the International Association of Wildland Fire. 

Topic(s): Fire History, Fire Regime, Fire & Climate
Ecosystem(s): None
Type: Webinar
NRFSN number: 12870
FRAMES RCS number: 11149
Record updated: Jul 30, 2018