California Fire Science Seminar Series
Presenter: Miriam E. Marlier, Assistant Professor of Global Environmental Change Environmental Health Sciences Department, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
Wildfire frequency and severity are increasing in many locations around the world. Wildfires emit particles and trace gases that are harmful to public health. In this talk, I will share results from several projects around the world that are evaluating the impact that wildfire emissions can have on air pollution and public health outcomes. First, I will discuss how a long-term longitudinal survey data in Indonesia, the Indonesia Family Life Survey, has been used to measure morbidity outcomes from air pollution exposure. Second, I will present work from a project in California to link drought and climate change to wildfires and public health impacts. Using a fine resolution fire emissions inventory, this study analyzes how recent record-breaking fires across the state have contributed to population-level exposure to air pollution. Finally, I will link these two case studies to explore connections between changes in land management and climate in driving wildfire-related pollution impacts.