ISS2 will bring together researchers from the atmospheric sciences, the ecological sciences, mathematicians, computer sciences, climatologists, social scientists, health professionals, smoke responders and others to discuss the complex issues of wildland fire smoke and identify knowledge gaps and opportunities for innovation and development.
The 1st International Smoke Symposium was held in Maryland in 2013 and was an overwhelming success. It set a bar for how a conference can have valuable and interactive virtual capability and can easily bring in international attendance.
The symposium aims to address a variety of wildland smoke related issues, through topics that relate to methods for tracking, modeling and inventory, social implications, climate implications, current and future research needs, and practical field management techniques for smoke.
ISS2 is being conducted as a Hybrid Event. A hybrid combines in-person and streaming presentations; all plenary and concurrent sessions will be professionally videotaped and will be streamed live. This will allow the remote attendees to interact in real time with the presenters and other remote attendees. We will also be offering a virtual poster session and trade show.
Purpose: The purpose of this symposium is to once again convene air quality, fire, and smoke specialists from the research community, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), local/state/federal government agencies and tribes to discuss the state-of-the-science and state-of-the-applied-science for smoke management and addressing the air quality impacts of wildland fire smoke.
Create an international forum to discuss complex smoke issues surrounding both wildland and agricultural fire.
Identify research gaps and priorities for smoke science and air quality communities to address and meet contemporary challenges regarding public health, transportation safety, fire personnel exposure and changes in climate.
Increase awareness of ongoing smoke science research for professionals engaged in fire activities, air quality management, resource stewardship, military land-use activities, and emergency services.
Provide innovative training opportunities for managers and operational professionals through a virtual platform.
Showcase contemporary science and technologies to promote pioneering management and policy strategies.
Raise awareness of the global diversity of approaches, issues, ideas and mitigation strategies in fire behavior and smoke management as they pertain to ecological concerns, social perceptions, and economic issues