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. Hélène Genet, a Research Fellow in the Institute of Arctic Biology at UAF, ties findings together into a larger picture. She is taking results from studies on fire and organic layer depths and teasing out quantitative relationships to feed the Terrestrial Ecosystem Model (TEM) in order to model future outcomes of changes in fire regime due to climate and to management. Hopefully the TEM will produce estimates of the magnitude of these effects to assist managers with planning and resource conservation.

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