Climate Change and Fire Suppression: Drivers of Fire Regimes and Ecological Responses at Actionable Scales
Media Type: Webinar
  • Erin J. Hanan
    University of Nevada-Reno
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  • University of California-Berkeley
  • University of California-Merced
Date: February 9, 2021

Cataloging Information

  • altered fire regimes
  • climate change
  • ecosystem functions
  • fire exclusion
  • fire frequency
  • fire spread
  • fire suppression effects
  • fuel loading
  • fuel moisture
  • human activities
  • nitrate
  • RHESSys - Regional Hydro-Ecological Simulation System
  • watershed functions
  • WMFire
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2021
FRAMES Record Number: 63728


Climate change and human actions, such as fire suppression, have altered fuel characteristics and fire regimes in watersheds across western North America. As the climate continues to change, it grows increasingly urgent to develop tools for forecasting future fire activity and to anticipate how changes in fire activity will affect ecosystem and watershed function, including processes such as nutrient cycling, carbon retention, and streamflow. My research examines how wildfire regimes are changing across the west and in turn, how these changes influence plants, soils, hydrology, and the interactions among them. In this talk, I will discuss some of my current research projects as they relate to the following three questions: (1) how have climate change and human activities influenced fire regimes in western North America, (2) how do shifting fire regimes alter biogeochemical and ecohydrological processes, and (3) what can we expect in the future?

Recording Length: 0:59:28
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