Alaska Fire Science Consortium
January 2014 Newsletter  |  Issue 14

New Resources

As you get ready for the upcoming fire season, don't forget to check the AFSC website for material you can use to refresh your skills—on your schedule, without a travel budget! Here are some new tools and resources recently added:

A new research brief: Is Alaska's Boreal Forest Now Crossing a Major Ecological Threshold? This brief summarizes a recent paper that uses BorealALFRESCO, a vegetation-fire model, along with stand age and fire map data to suggest that Alaska's forests are responding rapidly to changes in climate and fire regime.

Recordings of two recent AFSC webinars:
  • Jeremy Littell's thought-provoking presentation Fire Management, Fire Science, and Climate Change: Where Do We Go from Here? Jeremy is a USGS Research Ecologist and the Lead Research Coordinator of the DOI Alaska Climate Science Center. His webinar summarized his work on how climate affects fire in different vegetation types of the western U.S. and its implications for understanding climate change and fire elsewhere.
  • Long-Term Impacts of Boreal Wildfire on Carbon Cycling Dynamics In Interior Alaska by Ben Gaglioti. Ben is a PhD student at UAF working with Dan Mann to study past climate change and landscape responses in Interior and Northern Alaska. This webinar presents a project funded as a Graduate Research Innovation Award through the Joint Fire Science Program that provides a context and conceptual framework for future climate change and management directions.
In addition to new information, the AFSC website has lots of archived materials worth reviewing, such as: and much more!

Plans for Spring 2014

The Alaska Fire Behavior and Modeling Group plans a series of webinars this spring, dates TBD:
  • Fire Modeling in Alaska 101, an introduction to WFDSS (and other tools) with an emphasis on use in Alaska, for up and coming modelers,
  • Lessons Learned Modeling Refresher, for active modelers,
  • Get Ready to Model, to help modelers prepare for the upcoming season.
AFSC will be helping organize these webinars and will publicize dates and presenters as soon as we have them.

During the 2014 Alaska fire season, Robert Ziel in AICC will be looking for folks interested in running the WFDSS fire models on Alaska fires. Submit your information here if you are interested in participating in this modeling/decision support effort. You don't have to be an expert!

AFSC also has several webinars in planning for this spring, and hopes to organize a short workshop in association with the Spring IMT/FMO meeting the first week in April 2014. Stay tuned for details.
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Upcoming meetings:
Bonanza Creek LTER Annual Symposium

February 14 and 15, 2014
Pike's Waterfront Lodge, Fairbanks

Large Wildland Fires
May 19-23, 2014
Missoula, MT.
Abstract deadline is January 31.
Alaska managers plan to contribute to discussions at an associated workshop on Advanced Fire Behavior Analysis. Contact Tom St. Clair for more information.
JFSP seeks your input on Fuel Treatment Science
The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) has organized a survey to determine important research needs related to fuel treatment and develop a Fuel Treatment Science Plan. Make sure they get input from Alaska! More details and the survey are here. The survey closes January 31.
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