ISAR-7 – Seventh International Symposium on Arctic Research
***CALL FOR ABSTRACTS – Deadline October 31, 2022, 11:59PM (JST= GMT+9) ***
Where: Tachikawa, Tokyo (Japan) and Online
When: March 6 to 10, 2023
This session focuses on high-latitude fires and their interactions with climate, ecosystems and society, including measuring and monitoring fire and fire impact trends (past and present), understanding drivers of fire and fire risk and feedback processes, and societal vulnerability, health impacts and responses
Description: High-latitude fires have been increasing in frequency and intensity, with extreme wildfire events documented in recent years in Fennoscandia, Alaska, Canada, Greenland and the Russian Federation. These wildfires have led to significant and urgent social, economic and health challenges for communities in these regions. Hazardous pollution levels, for example, are regularly observed to result from nearby fire emissions in high-latitude communities during spring and summer. Understanding how changes in fire activity relate to changes in the climate and terrestrial environment, and how these changes impact upon the wellbeing, livelihoods, and culture of high-latitude communities, as well as can increase the risks connected to economic development of the Arctic, requires interdisciplinary understanding of the complex interactions between climate systems, ecosystems and society. Whilst much is being learnt, there are also significant gaps in scientific understanding and in the ability of communities to respond to these changes. For this reason, wildfires have been proposed as a Shared Arctic Variable theme, recognising the information needs of diverse user groups such as Arctic local and Indigenous communities, the Arctic and global climate research community, policymakers, and the private sector.
This session aims share current understanding of high-latitude fires and their interactions with climate, ecosystems and human activities, and through doing so, also identifying future research and information needs. Proposals are welcome from both natural and social sciences, with themes including:
Conveners: Adriana Ford, Stephen Arnold, Marianne Tronstad Lund, James Ford, Michael Karcher and Vito Vitale. This session is being co-convened by Leverhulme Centre for Wildfires, Environment and Society, ACRoBEAR and Arctic Voices (University of Leeds), and Arctic PASSION, building upon a workshop held at ASSW2022.
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