9th EARSeL Forest Fires Special Interest Group Workshop

"Quantifying the Environmental Impact of Forest Fires"
Event Type: 
Conferences and Workshops
When: 
15 October 2013 to 17 October 2013
Where: 
Warwickshire, United Kingdom

As we attempt to model the Earth System it is important that the impact of forest fires on the Earth System is fully understood and quantified. These impacts can be on climate, the biosphere, ecosystem functioning, society and livelihood. Fire disturbance has been identified by climate modellers as an Essential Climate Variable. Forest disturbance and the associated carbon flux needs to be measured and reported under the United Nations REDD+ programme. Furthermore, we have been very good at understanding the short term impacts of fire on forests, but less good at understanding the response of vegetation under different fire frequency and severity scenarios. The workshop will draw out the state of the art research being undertaken to identify and quantify these impacts.

Abstracts are invited on the following topics:

  • Characterizing the impact of fire severity and fire frequency across vegetation types
  • Validation methods for burned area mapping
  • Monitoring and modeling vegetation recovery after fire disturbance
  • Scaling from regional to global burned area maps
  • Mapping forest fires for REDD+ MRV
  • Using active fire mapping and fire radiative energy to inform on fire severity and impact