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Oct 21 - 24 2013 EDT

Conferences and Symposia


Mikel Robinson


Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, University of Maryland, Adelphi MD

As the extent of global wildland fire and smoke increases, changes in air quality and climate will result in greater threats to human health, ecosystems, and infrastructure in the United States and internationally. The International Smoke Symposium will provide a venue to explore the complex issues surrounding wildland fire and smoke; discuss different management strategies adopted around the world; and identify knowledge gaps within the field of smoke science for future research, innovation, and development.

The International Smoke Symposium is:

An Interdisciplinary Assembly of Scientists: Researchers from atmospheric sciences, ecological sciences, computer sciences, climatologists, social scientists, and others will engage in the complex issues of wildland fire and agricultural smoke and identify knowledge gaps for future innovation and development.

A Nexus of Research/Management/Policy: Balancing the need for fire as an essential ecological disturbance while mitigating public health and welfare impacts of smoke in times of tightening air quality regulations and a changing climate are challenges facing all involved in smoke, air quality and fire. Managers and policy makers can provide a critical sounding board for future research and together, solutions can be found for the future.

The International Smoke Symposium will:

Address Key Topics: Science and application of smoke and air quality modeling, social perceptions and economic issues, remote sensing and emission inventories, climate change and short-lived climate forcers, smoke management programs; policies and implementation, effective public communication.