Call for Abstracts and Travel Support for Boreal/Arctic Wildfire Remote Sensing Workshop

September 26, 2016
By Jessica Rohde

Call for Abstracts and Travel Support

Workshop: Opportunities to Apply Remote Sensing in Boreal/Arctic Wildfire Management and Science 

April 4-6, 2017

University of Alaska Fairbanks

Abstracts and Travel Support Submissions due: November 15, 2016 Notification of abstract and travel support: December 1, 2016


Background and objectives: With support from NASA Applied Sciences Program, the Alaska Fire Science Consortium (AFSC) is organizing an international workshop to advance remote sensing tools and data for operational and scientific applications by high northern latitude fire ecology and management communities. Participants will include interagency fire managers as well as scientists with an interest in remote sensing and a variety of disciplines.

Topics of interest include:

  • Potential fire risk: Can remotely sensed data (e.g. daily snow extent, others) estimate spring soil moisture and surface and subsurface fuel moisture and fuel conditions, and thus provide critical inputs for fuel moisture indices used to predict fire danger and risk?
  • Near real-time fire behavior: Which remotely sensed data are best and most timely for fire detection, plume tracking off fire emissions, fire behavior modeling, mapping of flaming fronts, fire intensity, active fire perimeters, and response for ongoing fires?
  • Post-fire effects: Can we improve analytical methods for remotely sensed data to assess fire severity, consumption/CO2 balance, active-layer changes, and successional trajectories of high latitude vegetation communities?

The outcomes of this workshop will advance co-developed investigations into new management and scientific uses of remote sensing data,

  • increasing the scientific foundation and operational efficiency of northern fire management
  • improving understanding of climate-induced changes in northern fire management
  • improving understanding of climate-induced changes in northern fire regimes and ecosystem components and potential feedbacks to the global climate system 
  • leading to expanded application and use of remotely sensed data for fire managment and fire science in high latitudes

AFSC will publish workshop proceedings, including presentation abstracts, results, and consensus recommendations. This project is a contribution to the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee’s Wildfire Collaboration Team.

Guide for authors: Abstracts of up to 500 words for both oral and poster presentations are welcome. The deadline to submit abstracts is No- vember 15, 2016. To submit abstracts, visit

Applications for travel support: Limited funding is available to offset selected presenters’ travel expenses, with priority given to students and other young investigators. Applications for travel support are available at and are due November 15, 2016.

Associated training opportunity: With sufficient interest, NASA's Applied Reote Sensing Training (ARSET) project and/or Short-term Prediction Research and Transition Center (SPoRT) will offer an optional day of hands-on training for integrating NASA Earth Science data into wildland fire science, decision making and management. Please indicate your interest in this opportunity on the submission form. 

Organizing committee:

  • Vince Ambrosia, NASA-Ames
  • Laura Bourgeau-Chavez, Michigan Tech Research Institute
  • Amy Breen, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Jessica Cherry, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Evan Ellicott, University of Maryland
  • Mike Flannigan, University of Alberta
  • Tom Heinrichs, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Everett Hinkley, US Forest Service
  • George Huffman, NASA-Goddard
  • Randi Jandt, Alaska Fire Science Consortium
  • Jennifer Jenkins, Alaska Fire Service
  •  Tatiana Loboda, University of Maryland
  • Rachel Loehman, USGS Alaska Science Center
  • Tim Lynham, Canadian Forest Service 
  • Christine Waigl, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Robert Ziel, Alaska Fire Science Consortium 

Contact AFSC Coordinator Alison York with any questions (907-474-6964 or

Posted by Jessica Rohde on behalf of Alison York, Alaska Fire Science Center

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