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Supporting a shift in wildfire management from fighting fires to thriving with fires: the need for translational wildfire science

Author(s): Fantina Tedim, Sarah M. McCaffrey, Vittorio Leone, Carmen Vazquez-Varela, Yaella Depietri, Petra Buergelt, Raffaella Lovreglio
Year Published: 2021
Description:

Despite the increasing challenges wildfires are posing around the globe, and the flourishing production of high-quality wildfire scientific knowledge, the ability of fire science to impact knowledge on the ground, for people, society, economy, and the environment, in a way that facilitates change in the current wildfire management system has been limited. We believe that one reason for this limited impact is due to the fragmentation of this scientific knowledge. Therefore, we propose a Translational Wildfire Science (TWFS) as a new field of knowledge that captures the comprehensive dynamics of wildfire events, that provides information relevant, useful, and accessible to practitioners and citizens, and that facilitates the transfer of scientific knowledge into practice. The foundations of TWFS, including the main principles, the overarching characteristics, and the approach of a TWFS scientist, are presented. Finally, the next steps to be undertaken to consolidate TWFS as a new scientific field are identified.

Citation: Tedim, Fantina; McCaffrey, Sarah; Leone, Vittorio; Vazquez-Varela, Carmen; Depietri, Yaella; Buergelt, Petra; Lovreglio, Raffaella. 2021. Supporting a shift in wildfire management from fighting fires to thriving with fires: the need for translational wildfire science. Forest Policy and Economics 131:102565. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.forpol.2021.102565
Topic(s): Fire Policy & Law
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Book or Chapter or Journal Article
NRFSN number: 23616
FRAMES RCS number: 64132
Record updated: Oct 18, 2021