Climate Change and Wildfires in BC : The Constantly Shifting “New Normal”

Climate Change and Wildfires in BC : The Constantly Shifting “New Normal”

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 21/Mar/2019
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Location
Unitarian Centre (Hewett Hall)

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Climate Change and Wildfires in BC : The Constantly Shifting “New Normal”

Climate change is exerting an ever-increasing influence over how wildfires behave in BC. As the climate warms, the incidence and intensity of environmental factors that affect fire size and severity changes. Periods of drought get longer and more intense; more fuel is available to burn; fires burn under higher severity; stronger wind events due to steeper pressure gradients rapidly increase fire size; and, more atmospheric warming results in more lightning fires. There isn’t much we can do to alter the climate-warming trajectory we’re on but there are things we can do to mitigate wildfire behaviour and build social, ecological and economic resilience to fire.

Biography
Robert W. Gray is a fire ecologist and the president of R.W. Gray Consulting Ltd. Robert has over 30 years experience in the research and application of many facets of fire science, including fire regime reconstruction, fire behavior and effects analysis, national and international fire management policy, and hazardous fuel management. Most recently Robert has focused efforts on gaining a better understanding of fire behavior in mountain pine beetle impacted stands, the impact of past fires on future fire spread and severity, and fuel treatment effectiveness. R.W. Gray Consulting Ltd. clients include: US Forest Service, US Bureau of Land Management, The World Bank, State of Washington, Parks Canada, ?aq’am and Tsilhqot’in First Nation, B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, B.C. Ministry of Environment, University of Washington, University of Idaho and University of British Columbia, several rural BC communities (Cranbrook, Kimberley, Vernon), and many others.

Tea and cookies will be served from 7 to 7:30 pm. There will be opportunity for plant identification.

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