Scientists from Universities in Fairbanks, Florida, and Saskatchewan met with fire managers and resource specialists to share early results from a study called Identifying Indicators of State Change and Forecasting Future Vulnerability in Alaskan Boreal Ecosystems. This project, funded by the Department of Defense, targets military training lands in interior boreal forest. This presentation, by Dr. Michelle Mack of the University of Florida explains how the organic depth removed by a fire is measured after the fact--using adventitious roots on black spruce and tussock cores in tundra with allometric equations that have now been published (Boby, et al. 2010, Mack, et al. 2011). Her lab has also used radiocarbon dating to determine the age of carbon combusted in wildfires.

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