Paleofire knowledge for current and future ecosystem management
- 10.10 - 14.10.2017
- Montreal, Canada
- Contact person:
- http:// http://www.gpwg.paleofir...
The PAGES' Global Paleofire Working Group 2 (GPWG2) workshop, titled "Paleofire knowledge for current and future ecosystem management", will be held in Montreal, Canada, from 10-14 October 2017.
The main foci will be on crosscutting-approach development and knowledge transfer between scientists and managers.
The workshop will be held near Montreal at the UdeM field station, Station Biologique des Laurentides http://www.sbl.umontreal.ca and is the third workshop of GPWG2, which aims to promote new uses of global paleofire records for current and future ecosystem management.
The workshop is open for up to 30 participants. Given the topic, it is expected many more applications will be received, so if there is enough funding, it will be opened up for 35-40 people, with an emphasis on early-career researchers and developing countries researchers.
In a rapidly changing world, landscape managers from across the planet are being challenged to re-integrate natural disturbance processes that have shaped ecosystems for millennia. In fire science, there are diverse and rich sources of historical information, from historical archives to fire-scarred trees, to charcoal in sediments. The legacy of human societies on current fire regimes span from hundred years up to millennia, such that informed fire management plans for the future should not be only based on historic and modeled fire-climate-vegetation relationships, but also on knowledge from paleofire research. This workshop will explore the lessons from the paleofire record to support current and future ecosystem management.
Fire is projected to increase in many places due to global warming and regional drying resulting from rising atmospheric greenhouse gases. Large uncertainties in future projections remain, however, especially because of complicating human activities. In certain regions, fire suppression can overcome the net effect of increased fire risk due to global warming, while in other regions increasing ignitions can reinforce climate trends underway, potentially pushing ecosystems towards into novel ecological conditions. Learning from the paleo record is thus crucial now in order to adapt practices for climate change and its consequences.
The workshop will foster interdisciplinary collaborations between paleofire experts and stakeholders, including governmental agencies and associations, to assess long-term fire history for future fire and ecosystem management. A crosscutting approach to development and knowledge transfer between researchers and managers/stakeholders from different regions will be employed to support the application of lessons from fire history to management.
The aim of the workshop is to foster interdisciplinary collaborations between paleofire experts and stakeholders, including governmental agencies and associations, in order to assess long-term fire history for future fire and ecosystem management. The workshop will focus on crosscutting approach development and knowledge transfer between researchers and managers/stakeholders. We expect the capacity to manage fire in ecosystems under climate change to be expanded by improving management policies using knowledge on long-term relationships between fire, human practices, climate and vegetation.
1) Identify a common vocabulary between paleofire experts, practitioners and stakeholders. This objective will include the definition of fire regime variables that are useful to define management policies and can be reconstructed from long-term archives (fire risk, biomass burning, fire frequency, burned area, etc.).
2) Develop a framework for knowledge transfer from paleofire research to management. This framework will help to use data from long-term fire reconstructions for defining management targets for different ecosystems.
3) Evaluate the benefits of management policies based on long-term fire histories and associated processes for improving ecosystem adaptability to climate change and to changes in human practices and for attaining sustainable development targets.
4) The edition of a 'white book' on the use of paleofire knowledge for current and future ecosystem management. Different chapters will focus on different parts of the world that are subjected to societal and natural specificities, and that present different challenges related to fire in a global change context.
Confirmed key speakers
Sylvie Gauthier, Canadian Forest Service - Fire disturbances and ecosystem management in a climate change context
Daniele Colombaroli, Switzerland - Conservation of alpine grasslands: a paleoecological perspective
Julie Aleman, Yale, USA - The modern global charcoal database: a tool for fire regime reconstruction and knowledge transfer facilitation.
Olivier Blarquez, UdeM, Canada – Paleoecology and fire in the boreal forests.
Pierre Grondin, MRN, Canada - Ecological classification and land use management.
Two invited early-careers speakers to be selected.
Tuesday 10 October, Day 1: Arrivals & dinner
Wednesday 11 October, Day 2: Overview & introductions, sub-groups formed
Thursday 12 October, Day 3: Working group sessions, report-outs
Friday 13 October, Day 4: Working group sessions, plenary discussion, future plans
Saturday 14 October, Day 5: Departure
Deadline for applications is 15 April 2017.