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Forest Ecology and Management Webinar Series
March 2, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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March 2, 2021
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET
Title: Assessing Future Changes in Fire Risk in the Northeastern United States using the Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI)
Presenter: Daniel Miller – Hydrologist, Division of Natural Resources and Conservation Planning, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Northeast Region
Summary: The webinar will focus on one poorly understood consequence of climate change, its effects on extreme events such as wildfires. Robust associations between wildfire frequency and climatic variability have been shown to exist, indicating that future climate change may continue to have a significant effect on wildfire activity. The Northeastern United States (NEUS) has experienced severe, catastrophic historic wildfire outbreaks, such as the Miramichi Fire of 1825 and the Maine fires of 1947. However, little is known about how the direct effects of climate change (temperature & precipitation) will impact fire risk in the NEUS under future climate scenarios.