Alaska Fire Science Consortium
Newsletter  |  April 2012  |  Issue 5 

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Hot off the Press: New Products from the Joint Fire Science Program

Predicting Dry Lightning Risk Nationwide: “Meteorologists developed two formulas to predict the probability of dry lightning throughout the continental United States and Alaska and parts of Canada."  

Bark Beetles and Fire: Two Forces of Nature Transforming Western Forests:  “Are the beetles setting the stage for larger, more severe wildfires? And are fires bringing on the beetle epidemics?”    
New: Effects of bark beetle-caused tree mortality on wildfire
Fire History and Climate Change: “This new report synthesizes available scientific information on fire history and climate change and describes likely impacts of 21st Century climate change on fire management.”    

These are just a few of the new products from the JFSP. Visit their new website (at to read more fire science briefs, digests, and syntheses, all written with managers in mind. Stay connected with the most recent news through their blog, twitter, and facebook pages (no accounts need to view). Finally, get the latest JFSP research results delivered straight to your inbox by subscribing to their weekly newsletter.   

Applying the Canadian Forest Fire Danger Rating System (CFFDRS) to Alaskan Ecosystems

FRAMES, Marty Alexander, and Mike Wotton have put together a great repository of fire weather and fire behavior information specifically for Alaska. Take a moment to breeze through this list of resources as you prepare for the upcoming fire season.  
Highlights:   Read More  >>

Development & Application of an Integrated Ecosystem Model for Alaska

Tuesday, April 24, 2012; 10-11am Alaska Local Time
A. Breen, D. McGuire, S. Rupp, E. Euskerchin, V. Romanovsky & S. Marchenko; University of Alaska Fairbanks

Ongoing climate change may affect ecosystems and the services they provide to Alaska and the nation. The physical and biological components that characterize arctic and boreal ecosystems are tightly linked and sensitive to climate change. Understanding the effects of climate change on ecosystem services is challenging due to the lack of available tools to forecast the rate and ways that landscape structure and function may respond to change. The Alaska Integrated Ecosystem Modeling (IEM) Project is a collaborative project that takes a multi- disciplinary approach to understanding ecosystem change. This presentation will describe the development of a dynamically linked model framework for Alaska's terrestrial ecosystems that incorporates climate-driven changes to vegetation, disturbance, hydrology, and permafrost, and their interactions and feedbacks.
Project Flier  |  Registration  |  More Information

Input Need!  Help us make fire/fuels syntheses more useful

Have you used any of the 20-plus syntheses produced by JFSP in the past 12 years (listed here)?  … or are you interested in reading one?
I’m developing guidelines for improving the usefulness of JFSP syntheses for field users. As lead for the Fire Effects Information System, I’ve worked with syntheses for years, but I need to know more about the features of these documents that work well for you and the features that should be improved on or avoided. If you’re willing to comment on one of these documents—perhaps one that you’re already using or would like to use—please use this Response Form and also let me know which synthesis you will address. Thank you!
Jane Kapler Smith
Team Lead, Fire Effects Information System
Missoula Fire Sciences Lab, 406-329-4805
April 2012 Newsletter
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In This Issue

• Hot off the Press: New Products from JFSP
• Applying the CFFDRS to Alaskan Ecosystems
• Development & Application of an Alaskan Integrated Ecosystem Model (Webinar)
• Input Needed! Help us make fire/fuels syntheses more useful
• Upcoming Webinars
• Highlights
• New Pubs

Upcoming Webinars

April 24: Development and Application of An Integrated Ecosystem Model for Alaska

April 24: Social Motivation in the WUI: Ways to Effectively Engage the Public

April 25: Assessing effects of fuels treatments and wildfire on California spotted owls in the northern Sierra Nevada

May 2: Interactions between fire, fuels, and bark beetles

May 2: Hydrologic response to fuels treatments on woodland encroached sagebrush-steppe

May 3: On the Causes and Movement of Smoke-Induced Fog

May 24: Tundra Fire Regimes in Alaska (Coming Soon)

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