Fire in the Earth System (Session NH7.3/AS3.20/BG2.18/CL4.17) and Spatial and temporal patterns of wildfires: models, theory, and reality (Session NH7.2/SSS49)
Fire in the Earth System
Fire is an important cross-cutting process in the Earth System. It is a significant determinant of vegetation dynamics, biogeochemical cycling, and atmospheric chemistry at global, regional and landscape scales. It also impacts on nutrient fluxes, surface albedo and cloud development. Earth observation and paleoclimate data plus direct observations have shown that fire regimes (burnt area, fire intensity etc) have dramatically changed in many parts of the world (especially the boreal, humid tropical and mediterranean biomes), with often negative impacts on vegetation cover, soils, hydrology, carbon sinks and emissions to the atmosphere and so on. In many regions, fire is an important and highly variable source of air pollutant emissions, and it thus constitutes a significant, if not the dominant factor, controlling inter-annual variability of the atmospheric composition. Given the multitude of potentially important interactions and feedbacks, it is vital that fire should feature as an integral part of Earth System Models. Work in this area is progressing but is still relatively nascent.
This session invites scientists working on any aspect of fires to submit an abstract. A special issue on the topic of Fire in the Earth System-state-of-the-art and future prospects is currently being negotiated with a leading journal.
The session is accepting abstracts for presentations from a broad range of fire research. The session is co-listed with Biogeosciences, Atmospheric Science, Climate, and Natural Hazards.
Spatial and temporal patterns of wildfires: models, theory, and reality
Wildfires are the result of a large variety and number of interacting components, producing patterns that vary significantly both spatially and temporally. This session will examine models, theory, empirical studies, new and innovative technologies for wildfire research. Research topics include, but are not limited to:
pre-fire planning and risk management;
fire detection and monitoring;
post-fire evaluation : burned area mapping, fire severity estimation, fire damage at different temporal and spatial scales ( changes in the composition of vegetation, decrease in forests, loss of biodiversity, soil degradation, alteration of landscape patterns and ecosystem functioning)
post-fire vegetation recovery.
remote sensing and innovative technologies for wildfire
The conference will bring together wildfire hazard managers, researchers, and theoreticians. Both Oral and Poster presentations are very much encouraged, as we plan to have both lively oral and poster sessions. Previous Spatial and temporal patterns of wildfires: models, theory, and reality sessions (2008, 2009) resulted in outstanding progress made in fire research, with the publication of two special issues of international journals Ecological Modeling (2008) and NHESS (2009).
Selected papers will be considered for publication in a Special Issue of an International Journal.
Important Deadlines: Abstract Submission (18 January 2010)
For any additional details contact: Lasaponara, R. (Convener) Telesca, L.; McKenzie, D.; (Co-conveners)
Lasaponara, R. (Convener) ____________________________________________________ Lasaponara Rosa, PhD Research on Remote Sensing and Signal Processing CNR-IMAA C/da S.Loya Tito zona Industriale 85050 Potenza Italy Tel. +39 0971 427214 fax. +39 0971 427271 E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org ____________________________________________________
Co-conveners __________________________________________________ Luciano Telesca Research on geoscience and Signal Processing CNR-IMAA C/da S.Loya Tito zona Industriale 85050 Potenza Italy Tel. +39 0971 427277 fax. +39 0971 427271 E-mail email@example.com ____________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ Don McKenzie, Research Ecologist Pacific WIldland Fire Sciences Lab US Forest Service Affiliate Professor College of Forest Resources CSES Climate Impacts Group, University of Washington desk: 206-732-7824 cell: 206-321-5966 firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com