Managing Boreal Wildfires and Water in an Era of Drought and Warming

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    2017•03•07    19:00 - 20:30

    On 7 March 2017, the UNU Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) will host an Another Drop Lecture on “Boreal Burning! Managing Wildfire and Water in an Era of Drought and Warming”. This lecture will be presented by Dr. James Michael Waddington of the School of Geography and Earth Sciences at McMaster University.

    The boreal is a mosaic of forests and wetlands shaped by wildfire. Fire drives boreal vegetation and its soil dynamics, and is a vital component of this biome that plays an important role in climate regulation. However, the severity of boreal wildfire is expected to double by the end of this century, as forests and wetlands fuels become drier. The increased frequency of “mega-fires” can lead to the collapse of ecosystems as well as the loss of ecosystem services such as water regulation.

    The risk of wildfires is increasing as more people work and live in the boreal region. Recent wildfire disasters have highlighted the challenges facing wildfire management. How can boreal vegetation be managed to reduce the risk of ecosystem collapse? How can human health, water quality, and economic activities be protected from wildfires? This lecture will address these questions with an integrative, watershed-ecosystems approach, and will also discuss the potential strategies to mitigate large-scale wildfires.

    For more information on the lecture, see the event announcement on the UNU-INWEH website.

  • McMaster Innovation Park (Conference Room 1AB)
    175 Longwood Road South
    Hamilton, Ontario, Canada