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Pyrogeography & Climate Change Miniconference

Coordinators: Jennifer Balch, David Bowman, & Brad Marston

May 27-30, 2008

Link to posted talks:
http://online.kitp.ucsb.edu/online/pyrogeo_c08/


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It is time to rethink the place of fire on Earth. Megafires are currently overwhelming human control, despite huge budgets and mature fire-fighting technologies. There is mounting evidence that, beyond immediate destruction of life and property, landscape fires have long-term effects on global carbon stocks, biodiversity, climate, world economies, and human health. Despite fire’s pervasive influence in many disciplines, there is no uniting theory or paradigm concerning the role of biomass burning in Earth science. Moreover, fire has not been satisfactorily considered by global change policy and ecosystem management. We, therefore, propose a thought experiment addressing (i) whether fire would evolve where carbon-based life is present, (ii) how it would evolve, and (iii) how humans, their cultures, and fire may have coevolved. We will combine knowledge about biomass burning across fields to develop an integrative paradigm of ‘pyrogeography’ that addresses these fundamental questions. In a period of intensifying fire activity, our synthesis will provide crucial information that aids human adaptation.

LOCATION: KITP Main Seminar Room.


AGENDA:

May 27th
9:00-9:15 ...... Marty Einhorn Welcome; Introductory remarks
9:15-9:30 ...... Jennifer Balch & David Bowman Why we’re here and what we’re doing.
9:30-10:00 .... Brad Marston – Linkages with Physics of Climate Change Program
10:00-10:30 .. Break
10:30-11:15 ...William BondGlobal vegetation and fire - an ecological perspective
11:15-12:00 ...David Bowman - Why Tasmania was the origin of a global theory of fire ecology
12:00-1:45 .....Lunch
1:45-2:30 ......Jon Keeley - Causes of Megafires on the California Landscape
2:30-3:15 ......Colin PrenticeModelling fire as an Earth System process
3:15-3:45...... Break
3:45-5:00 ......Discussion on day’s talks and initiation of conversation on pyrogeography
5:00- ............Wine & cheese social in courtyard

May 28th
9:00-9:45...... Max MoritzDoes fire exhibit "habitat" preferences? (Controls on fire patterns, from landscape to global scales)
9:45-10:30 ....Jean Carlson - Wildfires, Complexity, and Sensitivity to Change
10:30-11:00... Break
11:00-11:45 ...Ruth DeFriesTropical land use change is fire: a remote sensing perspective
11:45-1:45 .....Lunch
1:45-2:30...... Paulo ArtaxoClimatic and ecological effects of biomass burning emissions in Amazônia
2:30-3:15...... Mark Cochrane - Fire and land cover change in humid tropics
3:15-3:45...... Break
3:45-5:00...... Discussion on day’s talks and continuing conversation on pyrogeography

May 29th
9:00-9:45...... Tom Swetnam - Climate, People and Fire in the Western US: Long-term Perspectives from Tree-Rings
9:45-10:30.... Andrew Scott - Fire as an Earth System Process: a geological perspective
10:30-11:00... Break
11:00-11:45... Guido van der WerfFire, climate, and the global carbon cycle
11:45-1:45......Lunch
1:45-2:30...... Fay JohnstonHuman health impacts of biomass smoke: the silent wildfire disaster
2:30-3:15...... Christian Kull - The useful and confounding ambiguity of fire: conflicts over fire use in Madagascar
3:15-3:45...... Break
3:45-5:00...... Discussion on day’s talks and continuing conversation on pyrogeography

May 30th
9:00-9:30........ Meg KrawchukGlobal pyrogeography: macro-scaled models for understanding the current and future distribution of fire
9:30-10:00...... Chris RoosFire, Climate, and Indigenous People in Ancient Southwestern US Forests
10:00-10:30.... Jennifer BalchAmazon transitional forests: Sensitive or resistant to frontier fire?
10:30-11:00.... Break
11:00-12:00.... Concluding conversation on miniconference talks.