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Wednesday, December 5 • 13:15 - 14:15
Plenary 2: Long Range Wildfire Forecast for Canada - Hot and Smoky? Is This the New Reality?

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Recently, we have seen catastrophic and deadly wildfires around the world. In Canada, recent examples of such events include the Fort McMurray wildfire (the costliest natural disaster in Canadian history) and a record breaking years for wildfire activity in British Columbia in 2017 and 2018. Wildfires have contributed to a drop in National GDP and significant evacuations of communities across Canada. On average, 7,000 wildland fires burn about 2.5 million ha (about half the size of Nova Scotia) every year. The area burned has more than doubled since the 1970s primarily due to human-caused climate change. Impacts from wildfires are rising due to increasing wildfire activity along with increasing societal values on the landscape. Canadian wildfire management agencies currently spend $800 million protecting Canadians and these expenditures are steadily growing.
 
What does the future hold for wildfire in Canada? This session will address the potential impacts of climate change on Canada's forests. In particular, how changes in future fire intensity may be a game changer. How will we manage wildfires in the future given the changing fire environment and the likely increase of humans on the landscape?


Speakers
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Mike Flannigan

Professor at University of Alberta and Director of the Canadian Partnership for Wildland Fire Science
Mike Flannigan is a Professor of Wildland Fire with the Department of Renewable Resources at the University of Alberta and the director of the Canadian Partnership for Wildland Fire Science (a three way partnership with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, Natural Resources Canada and... Read More →


Wednesday December 5, 2018 13:15 - 14:15
Grand Ballroom, Delta Hotels by Edmonton South Conference Centre 4404 Gateway Blvd NW, Edmonton, AB T6H 5C2