Climate change is increasing the odds of higher occurrence rates, intensity, and severity of wildland fires in drought-prone regions. High intensity wildfires not only denude the landscape and lower the resistance of soils to surface erosion, but they also change the physical properties of soils, alter the soil microbiome, and extend the recovery timescales relative to lower intensity fires. Rain-on-burn events can magnify multiple negative impacts, such as poor water quality and debris flows. Wildland management is at a critical juncture, requiring new knowledge and innovative tools to best support the mitigation and prevention of fire-induced hazards. The Fall 2021 Meeting of the Board of Earth Sciences and Resources will discuss the emerging frontiers in research and the outlook for implementing science-based tools to support equitable federal, state, and community responses to fire-induced hazards.
This event is public and free to attend. More information will be posted to the event page soon.
- Tom DeLuca, Oregon State University
Panel 1: The Effects of Natural and Prescribed Fire on Soil and Watersheds
- Brittany Johnson, University of Washington
- Luke McGuire, University of Arizona
- Kyle Blount, Washington State University
- Erin Hannon, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Panel 2: Tools for the Mitigation and Prevention of Fire-induced Hazards
- Julie Padowski, Washington State University
- Jason Kean, U.S. Geological Survey
- Pete Robichaud, U.S. Forest Service
How to Join
Instructions on how to access the virtual event will be sent to the email you use to register prior to the session. A recording will be made available following the event.