9TH EARSEL FOREST FIRE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP WORKSHOP ON ”QUANTIFYING THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF FOREST FIRES
15-17 October 2013, Coombe Abbey, Warwickshire, UK
The 9th International Workshop of the EARSeL Special Interest Group (SIG) on Forest Fires will take place in Coombe Abbey, Warwickshire on 15-17 October 2013. The workshop is organised by the University of Leicester with support from the Laboratory of Forest Management and Remote Sensing, Faculty of Forestry and Natural Environment, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. The Leicester hosted workshop is the latest in a series of technical meetings organised by the EARSeL SIG on Forest Fires after its foundation in 1995.
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. We invite you to submit abstracts to the workshop on the following topics:
Characterising the impact of fire severity and fire frequency across vegetation type
Validation methods for burned area mapping
Monitoring and modelling 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
The Workshop will also include keynote lectures and a poster session. The first Anouncement and Call for Papers can be found here.
Update information (posted 28 February 2013):
Please note the following updates for the 9th International Workshop of the EARSeL Special Interest Group (SIG) on Forest Fires that will take place in the UK @ Coombe Abbey, Warwickshire on 15-17 October 2013.
1. Abstract deadline extended: The deadline for abstract submission has been extended to 15 April 2013. We thank those who have already submitted abstracts. Submit through the website (link below).
2. We are delighted to announce our Keynote Speakers for the workshop. We will welcome:
a. Dr. Guido van der Werf from VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands who talk on global fire emissions and potential fire-related climate mitigation options.
b. Dr. Luigi Boschetti from the University of Idaho, USA who will talk about his research on global burned area mapping and validation (exact title TBC).
c. Dr. Gareth Roberts from the University of Southampton, UK who will present a talk on quantifying wildfire fuel combustion using active fire observations.
The workshop is organised by the University of Leicester with support from the Laboratory of Forest Management and Remote Sensing, Faculty of Forestry and Natural Environment, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. The Leicester hosted workshop is the latest in a series of technical meetings organised by the EARSeL SIG on Forest Fires after its foundation in 1995. Previous meetings were held in Alcalá de Henares (1995), Luso (1998), Paris (2001), Ghent (2003), Zaragoza (2005), Thessaloniki (2007), Matera (2009), and Stresa (2011) and resulted in outstanding progress made in forest fire research. For more information, please visit the workshop web site: