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Alaska Fire Portal
The Alaska Fire Portal provides information about fire science and technology relevant to Alaska. Our goal is to provide "one-stop shopping" for resource managers, decision makers, scientists, students, and communities who want access to the results of efforts to understand and manage fire and fuels on lands in Alaska. Content may also be relevant to boreal forests of western Canada.
A substantial amount of the Alaska-related content was originally compiled through the FIREHouse project (the Northwest and Alaska Fire Research Clearinghouse), funded by the Joint Fire Science Program, and its two related projects: the Alaska Reference Database, (which was merged the FRAMES Resource Catalog, accessible through the "Catalog Records" tab below) and the Alaska Fire and Fuels Research Map, hosted through the AICC ArcIMS mapping website.
Check out the JFSP Fire Exchange(s) located in this region
Alaska Fire and Fuels Research Map
- Related FRAMES Sites
- Catalog Records
- Current Announcements and Jobs
- Upcoming Events
- Past Events
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PhD Assistantships in Fire Science and Ecologyevaluating the effectiveness of fuel breaks in mitigating size and risk of damaging wildfiresand the fuel break ecological impacts in sagebrush steppe ecosystems. Dr.Eva StrandandDr. Tim Prather in the University of Idaho Rangeland Center are seeking a highly motivated PhD studentin Natural Resources at the Department of Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciencesand Department of Plant Sciencesat the University of Idaho.
The successful applicant would conduct research that involvesvegetation and fuel samplingin the field, spatial and statistical analysisof data from past interactionsof fuel breaks and fire, modeling of fire behavior using existing tools and decision support systems,and conduct plant community analysis within and around fuel breaks. The successful applicant will provide evidence of experience with some aspect of computer modelingand spatial analysis, vegetation sampling, and utilize herbicides for annual grass management and ability to work in natural areas. The successful applicant will also provide evidence of good communication skills both written and oral.
The successful candidate will be working in an interdisciplinary team of faculty and students evaluating the effects of fuel breaktypeson fire mitigation, plant community ecology, and the rural economy. The team collaborates closely with research partners includingthe Bureau of Land Managementand the local ranching community of southern Idaho. Theproject isfundedby the Joint Fire Science Program.
The PhD assistantship has a starting date ofJanuary 2021. The assistantships includea stipend of $21,000-24,000per annum. To apply, please email Eva Strand (email@example.com) or Tim Prather (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a cover letter describing your research interests, goals and relevant experience, a complete CV, college transcripts, GRE scores and contact information of three references.
Review of applications will begin immediately, and the positionis scheduled to remain open until a suitable candidate is found. After the selection, the successful candidate will apply to be admitted to the College of Graduate Studies of the University of Idahowith the earliest start date of January 2021; information about the application procedure is available online.
The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) are open through 5 pm MST, September 30, 2020.
The Graduate Research Innovation (GRIN) announcement FA-FOA0021-001 has one task statement. Proposals must address one or more of the following topic areas:
- Fuels management and fire behavior
- Changing fire environment
- Emissions and air quality
- Fire effects and post-fire recovery
- Relative impacts of prescribed fire versus wildfire
- Human dimensions of fire
The primary announcement FA-FOA0021-002 has two task statements:
- Sources and distribution of human-caused ignitions and their relation to wildfire impacts
- Reducing damages and losses to valued resources from wildfire
The Regional Fire Science Exchange announcement FA-FOA0021-003 has one task statement focused on leading and executing a regional fire science exchange in the following two regions (see map and supporting information in the FOA):
- Lake States
- Tallgrass Prairie
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) of the U.S. Department of Commerce and the National Science Foundation (NSF) are now calling for research proposals in support of improved disaster resilience.
Natural hazards such as earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes and fires cause tremendous damage to communities across the U.S. every year. While these events cannot be prevented completely, their impacts can be dampened by disaster resilience measures such as policies, designs, codes and standards.
NIST and NSF plan to award a total of $3.1 million for scientific and engineering research into disaster-related phenomena that can significantly improve our nation’s defenses against natural hazards. The agencies will co-manage the Disaster Resilience Research Grants (DRRG) program and intend to make 8-12 awards of up to $400,000 each.
To apply, submit your letter of intent by Aug. 14, 2020. The deadline for full proposals is Sept. 15, 2020. NSF and NIST will host an informational webcast on Aug. 3, 2020.
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Presenter: Andrew Larson, University of Montana.
The Missoula Fire Lab offers a series of seminars which highlight the Fire, Fuel, and Smoke Science Program's six Focus Areas. The focus areas consist of research on Physical Fire Processes, Fuel...
Terrie Jain, Mike Battaglia, and Russ Graham - USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station
Dry mixed conifer forests of the northwestern United States challenge ecological classification systems because of the diversity and complexity...
Hosted by JFSP and the Wildland Fire Management Research Development and Application Team.
IFTDSS is a web-based software and data integration framework that organizes fire and fuels software applications to make planning and analysis more...
Presenter: Bob Keane, RMRS Missoula Fire Lab, Missoula, MT.
The Missoula Fire Lab offers a series of seminars which highlight the Fire, Fuel, and Smoke Science Program's six Focus Areas. The focus areas consist of research on Physical Fire...
Presenters: Sarah Trainor and John Walsh, Alaska Center for Climate Assessment & Policy
Introduction by Emily Therese Cloyd, US Global Change Research Program
The US Global Change Research Program National Climate Assessment (NCA),...
Tom Buman (Agren) demonstrated a new software tool for developing prescribed fire plans at the Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna Regional Fire Conference in Dubuque. Because of the interest in this tool, they are offering a webinar to demonstrate the...
Webinar is presented by Sarah McCaffrey, USFS Northern Research Station.
As more people live in high fire hazard areas, the active involvement of the public will be central to many efforts to minimize fire risk and improve forest health. One...
Alaska Fire Applications and Modeling Committee presents a winter webinar on WIMS.
Presenters: Jan Passek, USFWS Wildland Fire Specialist–Planner, and Sharon Alden and Heidi Strader, Fire Weather Program Managers from the Alaska Interagency...
This course leads students through the ecological and historical role of fire, characteristics of smoke and the health, safety and visibility impacts of smoke. Other topics include: public relations, legal requirements, meteorology, fuel consumption,...
Presented by Dr. Brian Sturtevant, Landscape Ecologist, USFS Northern Research Station.
Click here to join the webinar (or paste the link...