9th EARSeL Forest Fire Special Interest Group Workshop on
'Quantifying the environmental impact of forest fires'
ABSTRACT DEADLINE EXTENDED: We have extended the deadline for submission of abstracts to 15 April 2013. Please use the submission portal via the link in the left hand panel.
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: We are delighted to announce that our Keynote Speakers for the workshop will be: Prof. Christ Justice (University of Maryland, USA), Dr. Luigi Boschetti (University of Idaho, US), Dr. Guido van der Werf (VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands) and Dr. Gareth Robers (University of Southampton, UK). See link on left hand panel.
SPECIAL ISSUE IN REMOTE SENSING - OPEN ACCESS JOURNAL: We are especially delighted to announce that we have secured the opportunity to have a special issue on the topic of Quantifying the Environmental Impact of Forest Fires with Remote Sensing - Open Access Journal. The deadline for submission will be 31 December 2013. More details can be found here: Remote Sensing - Open Access Journal.
As we attempt to model the Earth System it is important that the impact of forest fires on the Earth System is fully understood and quantified. These impacts can be on climate, the biosphere, ecosystem functioning, society and livelihood. Fire disturbance has been identified by climate modellers as an Essential Climate Variable. Forest disturbance and the associated carbon flux needs to be measured and reported under the United Nations REDD+ programme. Furthermore, we have been very good at understanding the short term impacts of fire on forests, but less good at understanding the response of vegetation under different fire frequency and severity scenarios. The workshop will draw out the state of the art research being undertaken to identify and quantify these impacts.
All relevant institutions and interested individuals are invited to participate.
We invite you to submit abstracts to the workshop on the following topics:
1. Characterising the impact of fire severity and fire frequency across vegetation types
2. Validation methods for burned area mapping
3. Monitoring and modelling vegetation recovery after fire disturbance
4. Scaling from regional to global burned area maps
5. Mapping forest fires for REDD+ MRV
6. Using active fire mapping and fire radiative energy to inform on fire severity and impact
Please download the Workshop flyer. Print it out to display and distribute widely.
The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 15 APRIL 2013 (Note new revised deadline).
EARSeL PUBLICATION POLICY: EARSeL encourages the publishing of the full version of the manuscripts to the EARSeL eProceedings.