Webinar - CA Fire Sci Seminar: Future Arctic Fire Regimes: The Nexus of Science, Policy, and Diplomacy


Presenter: Dr. Jessica McCarty, Department of Geography, Geospatial Analysis Center, Miami University, Oxford, OH

Fire activity and severity is increasing in the high northern latitudes, including burning landscapes long thought to be "fire resistant." Across the Pan-Arctic, smoke impacts from lengthening fire seasons in the boreal and the Arctic mean new public health challenges, as well as impacts of short-lived climate forcers on the cryosphere and short-term warming. However, Indigenous cultural burning in many Pan-Arctic landscapes could reduce fire risk. In this talk, I will detail how my co-authors from the Arctic Council States, Observers, and Working Groups have defined future Arctic fire regimes and emissions based on observations from 2000 to 2020, with highlights from the 2020 and 2021 wildfire seasons. Here, we note that leadership from the Indigenous Permanent Participants is needed, as there are multiple reporting and co-production goals. Finally, coordinating scientific assessments, and potentially co-production of knowledge projects, requires understanding the needs of individual governments, the role of policy making, Indigenous representation and sovereignty, and how diplomacy and diplomatic standards are to permit international collaboration on Arctic science issues with global implications, like fire.

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Dec 7, 2021 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

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