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Geospatial Sciences Center of Excellence, South Dakota State University, wildfire management, wildland management, National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy, fire-resistant material, fire-resistant commmunities, firescape, Forest Fires, fire suppression, perscribed burns, fire-prone areas

Wildland Communities Must Learn to Live with Fire

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“If you live in flammable countryside, you’ve got to work with fire. You can’t make it go away,” according to professor Mark Cochrane, a wildfire expert and senior scientist at the Geospatial Sciences Center of Excellence. That means moving from the notion that fires are unnatural and toward a managed approach that involves reintegrating fire as a vital landscape process and building communities that are resilient to fire.

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Wildland Fire Emissions Worse in Polluted Areas

UCR study shows biomass grown in areas of poor air quality releases more pollutants when burned than biomass grown in clean air.

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Olin Drone Research Aims to Help Fight Wildfires

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Olin College professor working on proof of concept system to deploy drones into a wildfire and send back information in real time, potentially saving lives and livelihoods in the process.

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Fires Burning in Africa & Asia Cause High Ozone in Tropical Pacific

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UMD-led study indicates “biomass burning” may play larger role in climate change than previously realized.

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Arctic ecosystems, Alaska wildfires, Michelle Mack, Northern Arizona

Measuring the Impacts of Severe Wildfires in the Arctic

NAU researcher leads project to measure effects of severe boreal wildfires and the loss of permafrost on ecosystems. The NASA-funded research is part of the Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment.

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International Research Team Finds Thriving Wildlife Populations in Chernobyl

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A team of international researchers, including James Beasley, assistant professor of wildlife ecology at the University of Georgia Savannah River Ecology Laboratory and the Warnell School Forestry and Natural Resources, has discovered abundant populations of wildlife at Chernobyl, the site of the 1986 nuclear accident.

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Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, Research, IPO, wildfire management, Organ And Tissue Donation, Ethics

Management Lessons from Wildfire Fighting, Twitter’s Impact on IPOs, and Reversing Repugnant Views of Human Organ Sales Are among Topics in New Johns Hopkins Business Research Magazine

The fall 2015 issue of Changing Business is now available online and in print. The cover story, “Trial by Fire,” examines a study in which workers in various fields can benefit from the lessons that wildfire fighting offers in performing well under unpredictable circumstances. The topic is of particular timeliness as states in the Western U.S. continue to battle spreading wildfires.

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fire, Suppression, Prescribed burns, Pete Fule, Northern Arizona University, Malcolm North, The National Forest Service

Reducing Catastrophic Wildfires Through Managed Burns

An article published in Science this week, suggests catastrophic wildfire danger could be reduced by increasing use of planning burning in land management plans.

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Southern California Wildfires Exhibit Split Personalities

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Wildfires have ravaged both populated and unpopulated regions of Southern California at an increasing rate over the past few decades, and scientists from three University of California campuses and partner institutions are predicting that by midcentury, as a consequence of climate change causing hotter and drier summers, a lot more will go up in flames.

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UCI, NASA Researchers Find Link Between Amazon Fire Risk, Devastating Hurricanes

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Researchers from the University of California, Irvine and NASA have uncovered a remarkably strong link between high wildfire risk in the Amazon basin and the devastating hurricanes that ravage North Atlantic shorelines. The climate scientists’ findings appear in the journal Geophysical Research Letters near the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s calamitous August 2005 landfall at New Orleans.







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