Alaska Fire Science Consortium

  1. Fires in the tundra can drastically alter vegetation and ecosystem characteristics. Drs. Hollingsworth and Breen (from the U.S. Forest Service and University of Alaska-Fairbanks, respectively) review the effects of climate on fire regime and wildfire in Alaska. They compare fire in the boreal forest to tundra and discuss what is known and what we are learning about tundra fires in Alaska. The Seward Peninsula is a good experimental system to understand future states of more northern tundra systems.

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  2. Rebecca Hewitt, Ph.D. candidate in Biology and Wildlife at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, presented her dissertation research on fire-severity effects on plant-fungal interactions and the implications for Alaskan treeline dynamics in a warming climate.

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  3. Jennifer Barnes, Regional Fire Ecologist for the National Park Service (NPS) in Alaska shared information about fire regime and fire return intervals using plot data and photos from NPS long-term monitoring plots around the state. She shared examples of short fire return intervals in Denali National Park, Yukon-Charley Rivers in the east, and Noatak tundra fires in the west, while discussing the response of different trees and vegetation and implications for climate change.

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  4. The Webinar on March 5, 2014 was organized by the Alaska Fire Modeling Applications Committee and hosted by Alaska Fire Science Consortium. Three fire analysts discuss the good, the bad and the ugly from their experiences modeling several Alaska fires in the Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS) in 2013. Important things they learned include fuel model substitutions (SH5 for TU4) in the LCP to improve performance, pros and cons of the 2 crown fire models, and common settings for canopy base height (CBH), Crown Bulk Density (CBD) and Canopy cover when working in Alaska black spruce fores type. How well does FSPro predict short-term and long-term (14-day) fire behavior in Alaska black spruce? Watch the video and find out.

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  5. Dr. Matt Nolan is a Research Associate Professor at UAF’s Institute of Northern Engineering with degrees in geophysics and arctic and mechanical engineering. He has been pioneering new high-tech uses of an old tool—the aerial photo. With new advances in computer processing and display technologies, airborne digital SLR Photogrammetry is an even more powerful tool for field sciences, especially in remote areas like Alaska. that is likely to revolutionize our scientific methods and capabilities. At this Alaska Fire Science Consortium Webinar on February 25, 2014, Matt shared results from his recent airborne photogrammetry campaigns in Alaska, and related them to possible fire and forest management applications. See his website drmattnolan.org/photography/2013/ to contact him and for more info!

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Alaska Fire Science Consortium

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The AFSC is one of fourteen regional consortia supported by the Joint Fire Science Program and is part of a national fire science knowledge exchange network. Our primary purpose is to strengthen the link between fire science research and on-the-ground


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The AFSC is one of fourteen regional consortia supported by the Joint Fire Science Program and is part of a national fire science knowledge exchange network. Our primary purpose is to strengthen the link between fire science research and on-the-ground application by promoting communication between managers and scientists, providing an organized fire science delivery platform, and facilitating collaborative scientist-manager research development.
Alaska Fire Science Consortium Coordinator: Alison York, 907-474-6964 ayork@alaska.edu
Fire Ecologist: Randi Jandt, 907-474-5088 rjandt@alaska.edu
University of Alaska Fairbanks
3352 College Road
Fairbanks, AK 99709

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