The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has just ~15 official air quality monitoring sites around the immense area of Alaska to monitor air pollutants that can affect human health. Wildfire smoke, for example, produced about 60,000 tons of PM2.5 in 2018 (400,000 acres were burned –just a moderate fire season for Alaska!) If data from lower quality private and academic air sensors (called “Purple Air”) could also be used, we could add an additional 100 monitoring sites to better understand and forecast air quality. NASA ABoVE scientists Allison Baer and Tatiana Loboda from the University of Maryland compared EPA and Purple Air sensor data and came up with calibrations that correlate extremely well (coded T&RH—see example graphic below). You can view their Interactive Poster at the 6th ABoVE Science Team meeting—this week (Jun 1-4): https://astm6-agu.ipostersessions.com/default.aspx?s=09-98-87-A0-E6-1A-FA-E4-79-58-CF-F8-B6-54-4B-79
The Joint Fire Science Program just published the September 2012 Issue of Fire Science Digest:
“Smoke Science Plan: The Path Forward”
Read it here. (Click the “Full Screen” button for the best viewing.)
Can’t access the document above?
Download the full pdf here: http://www.firescience.gov/Digest/FSdigest14.pdf
All of the presentations, handouts, and recordings from the 2012 Alaska Fire Science Workshop are available for viewing/download <HERE>
Click on any of the topics below to watch the recording:
- Alaska Fuel Moisture Sampling: What’s the Trend?
- The Art of Fire Exhibit
- Atmospheric Dispersion of Alaska Wildfire Pollutants as Predicted by the WFR-Chem Model and Observations
- Decision Support Toolbox: How to Make the Most of the Tools Available to You
- Fire Effects on Seedling Establishment Success Across Treeline: Implications for Future Tree Migration and Flammability in a Changing Climate
- AWFCG Fire Research Development and Application Committee Update
- Identifying Priority Management Needs in the Northwestern Interior Forest: NWIF LCC Update
- Natural Disturbance in Alaska: Implications for Wildfire and Property Values on the Kenai Peninsula
- Northern Spruce Engraver Beetle Management: Beetle Responses to Slash and Fire
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):
It’s that time of year again to start thinking about burning your leftover piles from this year’s (or past) hazard fuel reduction projects.
Ever wonder how much biomass you are actually burning in those piles? Need a better way to estimate smoke emissions and impacts to comply with the evermore strict air quality reguations?