Alaska Climate Webinar Announcement - Climate Change and Boreal Forest Fires

18 July 2013

Alaska Climate Webinar Announcement
Climate Change and Boreal Forest Fires: What does the future hold?
Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (ACCAP)

Speaker: Mike Flannigan, University of Alberta

Tuesday, 23 July 2013
10:00-11:00 a.m. AKDT

To register for the webinar, please fill out the form available at:

The Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (ACCAP) will host a
webinar entitled "Climate Change and Boreal Forest Fires: What does the
future hold?" on Tuesday, 23 July 2013 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. AKDT.
The webinar will be presented by Mike Flannigan of the University of
Alberta, Canada.

Wildland fire is a common occurrence resulting from interactions between
climate/weather, vegetation, and people. Our climate and associated
day-to-day weather may be changing rapidly, due to human activities that
may have dramatic and unexpected impacts on regional and global fire
regimes. Existing studies suggest a general overall increase in area
burned and fire occurrence, although there is a lot of spatial
variability, with some areas of no change or even decreases in area
burned and occurrence. 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).

A warmer world means a longer fire season, more lightning activity,
which is responsible for most of the area burned in boreal ecosystems,
and drier fuels that would contribute to fire occurrence and spread. In
terms of fire management, enhanced fire danger rating systems that
accurately predict the spatial and temporal variability in fire danger
can help us adapt to a warmer world.

To register for the webinar, please fill out the form available at:

For further information on the ACCAP webinars, please go to:

For questions, please contact:
Tina Buxbaum
Phone: 907-474-7812

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