Until the early 1990s the activities of the IUFRO Unit 8.03.05 (former Subject Group S 1.09, followed by Research Group 8.05.00 and Unit 8.01.10) was restricted to co-sponsoring fire conferences. In 1994 it was intended to involve IUFRO (http://www.iufro.org/) more actively in fire research. It was recognized, however, that several international organizations had developed focused forest fire research programmes, such as the IGBP-IGAC-BIBEX and the IBFRA. At the IUFRO XX World Congress in Finland it was agreed to keep the group alive as a liaison node between IUFRO and the other fire research programmes. The XX World Congress (Tampere, Finland, 1995) was utilized as a forum in which boreal fire scientists evaluated the FIRESCAN Bor Forest Island Fire Experiment.
Following the evaluation of the international FIRESCAN project at the IUFRO XX World Congress the results are published in full length:
FIRESCAN Science Team. 1996. Fire in ecosystems of boreal Eurasia: The Bor Forest Island Fire Experiment, Fire Research Campaign Asia-North (FIRESCAN). In: Biomass burning and global change. Vol.II (J.S.Levine, ed.), 848-873. The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA.
Goldammer, J.G. (ed.) 2013. Prescribed Burning in Russia and Neighbouring Temperate-Boreal Eurasia. A publication of the Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC). Kessel Publishing House, 326 p. (ISBN 978-3-941300-71-2).
IUFRO supported the concepts of the UNECE/FAO Team of Specialists on Forest Fire and the fire science projects under the IGBP to share expertise with other regions of the world. IUFRO was a co-sponsor of UNECE/FAO International Forest Fire News (IFFN).
Recent Publication: IUFRO Occasional Paper 32 (201)
The IUFRO Occasional Paper No. 32 “Global Fire Challenges in a Warming World: Summary Note of a Global Expert Workshop on Fire and Climate Change” has been produced by IUFRO with the support of the World Bank for general information purposes only. The Program on Forests (PROFOR) housed at the World Bank and the International IUFRO jointly convened a Global Expert Workshop on Fire and Climate Change in Vienna, Austria, on 2-4 July 2018, with the aim of improving the understanding of the complex interrelations between wildfire, climate and land management and identifying urgently required response strategies and actions. The initiative aimed to inform a forthcoming World Bank policy paper on forest fire management strategies.
Research Scientist, Forest Fire Behaviour and Climate Change
Canadian Forest Service Natural Resources Canada
Faculty of Forestry, University of Toronto
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