Webinar - The 'Pyrogeography' of Western North America: How Climate Has Affected Fire Regimes Across the West, and What Future May Hold

    Sep 27, 2011 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Webinar presented by Peter Brown, Director of Rocky Mountain Tree Ring Research, and hosted by the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center, the Joint Fire Science Program, and the International Association of Wildland Fire.

    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 Niño-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.