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DOINews: Alaska CSC Lead Scientist Discusses Fire Ecology
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Jeremy Littell, Alaska Climate Science Center (AK CSC) Lead Scientist, will present two talks for the Alaska Fire Science Consortium at the Spring Alaska Fire Science Workshop in Fairbanks, AK, April 2, 2014.
The first talk, entitled "The limits of statistical fire modeling: what goes up must come down", will discuss advances in the statistical modeling of fire-climate relationships and projections of future fire activity given anticipated climate changes in the lower 48 western U.S..
The second talk, entitled "Smokey Bear and Prometheus fist-fight in heaven", is a public talk about the general nature of past, present, and future fire-climate relationships and fuels in the west.
Both fire managers and the public in fire-prone interior Alaska can benefit from understanding the expected changes in fire regimes under climate change. The purpose of these talks is to further catalyze research in Alaska that is comparable to work that has been done in the lower 48 but recognizes Alaska's unique climate, fuels, and fire management objectives.
Please contact Alaska CSC Director Steve Gray (email@example.com) with questions or comments.