Special Issue "Extreme Fire Events, Ecosystem Resilience, and Human Well-Being"
A special issue of Fire (ISSN 2571-6255).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2018
Dr. Carl A. Seielstad
Associate Professor - Fire Science & Management, UM FireCenter Program Director - Fire and Fuels, College of Forestry and Conservation, The University of Montana, Missoula, MT 59812, USA
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Interests: fuels; fire behavior; fire ecology; remote sensing; lidar; forest structure
This Special Issue intends to begin documenting the global occurrence of extreme wildfires, the conditions leading to them, their behavior, and their effects on ecosystems and humans. Recent scientific findings have bolstered hypotheses that climate change is aggravating wildfire conditions in many parts of the world, resulting in longer fire seasons, larger burned areas, higher fire severities, and increased impacts on humans. For example, areas affected directly by wildfires in the southwestern USA have increased dramatically from <10,000 ha yr-1 in the early 20th century to over 230,000 ha yr-1 in the first decade of the 21st century, with some of the burned landscapes now following divergent successional pathways to novel ecological conditions. A combination of drought, abnormal weather conditions, excessive fuel loads, invasive species, land-use change, and increased ignitions is producing the perfect conditions for fire-induced desertification in many parts of the world. Desertification is about the loss of hydrologic function, biological productivity, and other ecosystem services, and it now affects 75% of the Earth’s land surface and over a billion people. Some of the environmental consequences of extreme wildfires are vegetation injury and mortality, plant species and type shifts, exotic plant invasions, wildlife habitat destruction, soil erosion, floods, watershed function decline, water supply disruption, air pollution, and direct human impacts. All of these impacts affect human well-being directly or indirectly, and many will persist beyond the careers and lifetimes of individuals. Although many ecosystems often return to normal dynamic states after wildfires, others may be permanently altered, shifted to lower system states and providing fewer services.
In order to begin understanding how extreme wildfires are challenging ecological resilience and impacting human well-being, we invite the submission of articles on the topics of extreme wildfire events, wildfire induced landscape degradation, ecosystem resilience, and fire impacts on human well-being, including but not limited to:
- Descriptions of extreme wildfire events and their scales
- Criteria distinguishing extreme wildfires from other wildfires
- Wildfire effects across biological scales (organs to ecosystems)
- Wildfire-induced desertification/degradation
- Forest and grassland resilience (or lack of) to wildfire disturbance
- Approaches to assist ecosystem recovery after extreme wildfire events
- Resilience (or lack) of wildlife populations to extreme wildfire events
- Wildfire impacts on infrastructure
- Water supply disturbance after severe wildfires
- Human health impacts of extreme wildfire events
We seek a global perspective.
Dr. Daniel G. Neary
Dr. Grant Harley
Dr. Sean Michaletz
Dr. Carl A. Seielstad
Manuscript Submission Information
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