PNW Ecotone: New podcast series highlights research in AK, OR and WA

The USFS Pacific Northwest Research Station has recently launched the new “PNW Ecotone” podcast series.  These podcasts will cover the latest science findings, tools, and research topics from the 11 PNW laboratories and centers located in Alaska, Oregon and Washington.

Podcast episodes are available for download or streaming, along with photos, related articles, and transcripts at:

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More Catastrophic Fires Ahead for Western U.S.

News from Science Daily:

More Catastrophic Fires Ahead for Western U.S..

Read the Full Journal Article:

J. R. Marlon, P. J. Bartlein, D. G. Gavin, C. J. Long, R. S. Anderson, C. E. Briles, K. J. Brown, D. Colombaroli, D. J. Hallett, M. J. Power, E. A. Scharf, M. K. Walsh. PNAS Plus: Long-term perspective on wildfires in the western USA. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2012; DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1112839109

Direct from the Source:

Inside NAU (Northern Arizona University)

Once Burned, Twice Shy: Webinar Wrap Up

Here’s a big Thank You to everyone who attended last week’s webinar “Once burned, twice shy”, presented on Feb. 23rd.  For those who could not attend or who have been eagerly awaiting the follow up materials, please feel free to  explore the videos, documents and links below.  (For more information, see our previous post on this webinar.)

In Summary

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(Slides by Dr. Carissa Brown.)

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New Video on Climate and Fire in Alaska

Watch this new video on Climate and Fire in Alaska, featuring Dr. Scott Rupp, UAF Professor, and Jennifer Barnes, NPS Fire Ecologist!

This video is 1 of a 5 part video series entitled Climate Change Watch  (produced by Frontier Scientists and Wonder Visions).   The Climate Change Watch series includes the following videos:  Classrooms for Climate, Changing Biomes (In Production),  Hydrology (In Production),  Permafrost (In Production), and Fire in Alaska.

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6,000 Years of Tundra Fires in Noatak National Preserve

One of the 37 tundra fires that burned in Noatak National Preserve in the summer of 2010. The Kaluktavik River fire (Fire #561) burned more than 23,000 acres (9,300 ha) in July. Photo from Alaska Park Science.

Excerpt from: Higuera, P., Barnes, J., Chipman, M., Urban, M., and F.S. Hu. The Burning Tundra: A Look Back at the Last 6,000 Years of Fire in the Noatak National Preserve, Northwestern Alaska. Alaska Park Science 10 (1):  36-41.

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2011 Alaska Fire Science Workshop

The 2011 Alaska Fire Science Workshop will be October 6-7 at the  BLM – Alaska Fire Service office on Fort Wainwright, AK.  This year’s workshop will cover topics ranging from new fire behavior modeling tools, to effects of changing fire regimes, to communicating fire science through art.

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It’s the Webinar Time of Year!

It’s that time of year again to reset from the busy summer and catch up on the latest news in fire science and management planning. Webinars are becoming the fastest and easiest way to communicate from afar.  Here’s just a glimpse of some free webinars coming your way (shown in Alaska Time):

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News from the Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Lab

The Fire and Environmental Research Application Team (or FERA) from the USFS Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Lab have several new products, papers, and projects to share with you!

Check out the FCCS fuelbed maps for Alaska, the Alaska boreal fire-history synthesis and lit review, and this new article on the relationship between climate and fire.

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