Climate & Fire Presentations

    1981_05_23__Burnout_operations_with_stacked_fusees_Dune_Cats_Fire_AK_030.jpgWebinar: The Climate has changed, have we?  Reflections on 50 years of fire management in Alaska
    Presenter: Randi Jandt, Alaska Fire Science Consortium
    Webinar Date: February 3, 2015
    Links and Downloads: Link to webinar recording

    Randi Jandt discusses the evolution of Alaska firefighting practices--field and management--over the past 50 years.  We are starting to be aware of the changes in climate and in Alaska forests: is the wildfire "problem" the same one we faced a half-century ago?  Have our management approaches and thinking about wildfire changed during that time? She will combine her background in land and fire management agencies with input from long-term observers to discuss which changes might be a response to changing weather, climate, and fire regimes in Alaska. Hosted by the Alaska Center for Climate and Policy.

    IMGP0500_sprucesmokesunset_web.jpgWebinar: Fire Management, Fire Science, and Climate Change: Where Do We Go From Here?
    Presenter: Jeremy Littell, US Geological Survey & DOI Alaska Climate Science Center
    Webinar Date: November 25, 2013
    Links and Downloads: Link to webinar recording

    Fire, climate, and vegetation are tightly linked from the time scale of a single fire event to the time scales associated with landscape and ecosystem change. But climate - and, in many places, fire suppression - has changed the nature of fire regimes we thought we knew by changing the interactions between fire, climate, and fuels. By understanding the ways these components interact, we gain a better knowledge of the nature of fire - for example, what is "catastrophic", what is "natural", and what is a "fire regime" in a world of constant change?


    ACCAP Webinar: Climate Change and Boreal Forest Fires: What does the future hold?
    Presenter: Mike Flannigan, University of Alberta
    Webinar Date: July 23, 2013
    Links and Downloads: Link to webinar recording and other files

    The onset of climate change has been rapid and more significant in boreal regions as compared to other parts of the world. Fire activity has already been increasing in many parts of the boreal regions, and many studies suggest that this trend will continue and may even intensify. There is a potential for positive feedback as boreal ecosystems contain 30-40% of the world’s terrestrial carbon, with much of this in peatlands that may be vulnerable to increased fire activity and fire severity (depth of burn).


    Historic and future flammability in Alaskan boreal forests and tundra ecosystems
    Presenter: Adam Young, University of Idaho
    Webinar:  March 20, 2013
    Links & Downloads: Link to Webinar Recording, publications, and slides.

    Worldwide fire regimes are expected to shift as a result of climate change. Predicting when, where, and how these fire regime changes will occur requires an understanding of the climatic controls of fire at differing temporal and spatial scales. This research uses past climate-fire relationships to predict 21st-century fire regime changes across Alaskan boreal forest and tundra ecosystems at a range of temporal and spatial scales, providing insight into when, where, and how future fire regimes may change.

    FirstFrame.pngLinked Disturbance Interactions in South-Central Alaska: Implications for Ecosystems and People
    Presenter: Winslow Hansen, MS Natural Resource Management, UAF
    Thesis Defense:  Feb 28, 2013, 1-2 p.m., IARC
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    For his MS Thesis, Winslow explored the social and ecological implications of changing boreal forest natural disturbance regimes. He analyzed how the occurrence of spruce bark beetle outbreak has altered the probability of subsequent wildfire activity between 2001 and 2009 on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska as well as the economic impact of fire and insect disturbances to private property values.

    rupp climate changeClimate Change in Alaska
    Presenter: Scott Rupp
    Meetings:  2010 JFSP Board Visit & 2010 Workshop
    Download: Presentation Slides (pdf; 3.3 MB), Board Visit Recording (wmv; 11.3 MB), Workshop Recording (wmv; 18.6 MB)

    In general, all climate prediction models are projecting continued increases in seasonal temperatures. Precipitation is also predicted to increase, though the impact on Alaska seems relatively minor. Alaska will most likely experience a drier environment, particularly in the summer time.

    hollingsworth cc and successionImpacts of Climate Change and Shifting Fire Regime on Boreal Post-Fire Successional Trajectory
    Teresa Hollingsworth
    Meeting: 2010 JFSP Board Visit
    Download: Presentation Slides (pdf; 2.4 MB), Recording (wmv; 9.3 MB)

    Fire acts as a catalyst and a driver of change. There is a very critical and sensitive post-fire window where fire severity strongly affects seedling recruitment patterns. Climate change could tip this sensitive transition and impact the dominate vegetation type on a large scale.

    rupp alfrescoProjected Vegetation and Fire Regime Response to Future Climate Change in Alaska - ALFRESCO
    Scott Rupp
    Meeting: 2010 JFSP Board Visit
    Download: Presentation Slides (pdf; 3.9 MB), Recording (wmv; 11.4 MB)

    The ALFRESCO model has been utilized to project a landscape level shift to a largely deciduous dominated vegetation type, given current climate trends of increased warming and drying.

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