Alaska Fire Science Consortium
Summer 2013 Upcoming Opportunities 

Upcoming Opportunities

Next week's ACCAP webinar

Climate Change and Boreal Forest Fires: What does the future hold?
Mike Flannigan, University of Alberta

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 10:00 AM AKDT

A warmer world means a longer fire season, more lightning activity, which is responsible for most of the area burned in boreal ecosystems, and drier fuels that would contribute to fire occurrence and spread. In terms of fire management, enhanced fire danger rating systems that accurately predict the spatial and temporal variability in fire danger can help us adapt to a warmer world.

Visit the ACCAP website for information and registration. You can also participate in the webinar at one of several satellite venues in the state:. If you would like to join the webinar from the AFSC/ACCAP/SNAP office in Fairbanks on Tuesday, please email AFSC coordinator Alison York. The webinar will be recorded and available for later viewing on the AFSC and ACCAP websites.

Download an AFSC Research Brief on Flannigan's recent work.

Potential topics for Joint Fire Science Program FY2014 Funding

An early alert from the Joint Fire Science Program about topics under consideration for the Funding Opportunity Notice announcement planned for October 2013:

The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) intends to request proposals through one or more formal Funding Opportunity Notice (FON) announcements beginning approximately October 1, 2013 and remaining open through November 22, 2013. The intent of this notice is to provide an early alert to investigators interested in the topics listed below so that investigators can begin considering responsive ideas with potential partners and collaborators.
Investigators should recognize that final decisions regarding topic selection will not be made until September 2013, and that final topic selection is likely to differ from that posted here. One or more topics could be dropped or added, and the specific focus of individual topics may be altered. Investigators should recognize this uncertainty and not invest substantial time or resources working on proposals until the FONs are formally posted.
Investigators should not contact the JFSP Program Office or Governing Board seeking further information on these topics. No further information will be released until the FONs are formally posted.

Potential Topics

1) Restore and maintain resilient landscapes
  A. Fuels treatment effectiveness across landscapes
  B. Fire and fuels treatments effects on sensitive bats
  C. Wildfire effects on water supplies
  D. Re-measurement - long term effects on vegetation, fuels, and soil

2) Create fire-adapted communities
  A. Smoke emissions contributing to secondary organic aerosols
  B. Wildland fire impacts on large population centers

3) Safe and effective wildfire response
  A. Influence of past wildfires on wildfire management strategies and costs

4) Responds to multiple goals
  A. New science initiative - social science
  B. Graduate Research Innovation (GRIN)
  C. Fire Science Exchange - Washington DC, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast

Download the Notice of Intent for details and links to relevant science plans.

This notice references the three goals of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy. See sidebar for more information and links.

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National Logistics Webinar (NLW) recordings available

Thanks to NLW co-chair Martin Maricle of the Alaska Division of Forestry and the Lessons Learned Center, recordings of presentations from the March 2013 National Logistics Webinar are now available on the Lessons Learned Center YouTube channel. A diverse cadre provided information on a variety of logistics topics. Visit the AFSC website for the agenda and links to the recordings.

Cohesive Strategy

The National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy addresses the nation's wildfire issues by focusing on 3 key areas:
• Restore and maintain resilient landscapes
• Create fire-adapted communities
• Safe and effective wildfire response.

The cohesive strategy process completed regional assessments to address the national goals to the needs and challenges found at regional and local levels. Alaska is including in the Western Regional Action Plan, released in April 2013.

For specific information about fire research needs in Alaska, visit the Alaska Fire Research Development and Application Committee webpage, contact its chair, Lisa Saperstein, or AFSC coordinator Alison York.
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