All past webinars have been recorded and may be viewed on the Advanced in Fire Practice webpage.
IAWF Upcoming Webinars
Our March 4, 2014 Webinar is Predicting Smoke Impacts with Uncertain Emissions and Meteorology. Talat Odman will present a webinar on March 4, 2014. Smoke from wildland fires can have adverse impacts on visibility and also on public health. Models are available for simulating the dispersion, long-range transport, and chemical evolution of fire plumes and predicting their impacts on air quality. However, these models are not perfect tools for decision making purposes. There are uncertainties in their formulations of complex atmospheric phenomena and the input data they utilize are also subject to various levels of uncertainty. More importantly, the level of uncertainty in their predictions is not well understood. While it is difficult to quantify the uncertainty in model predictions it is possible to study the sensitivities to various modeling parameters. Emission estimates and meteorological parameters are two major categories of smoke models inputs and the sensitivities of model predictions to them will be evaluated in this presentation. Uncertainties in bottom-up emission calculations will be illustrated for a case study where detailed fuel and emission data were collected. The sensitivities of downwind smoke predictions to the magnitude, injection height and time rate of emissions will be analyzed. The results of modeling with bottom-up emission estimates will be compared to those obtained using satellite-based emission estimates. The sensitivities to wind speed and wind direction will also be analyzed and compared to emission related sensitivities. The goal of these analyses is to better understand the leading factors of uncertainty in smoke modeling and point to where the efforts should be concentrated for uncertainty reduction.al tool for fire managers and air quality modelers to estimate plume rise of prescribed burning. The Webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, March 4 from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm MST.
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IAWF Past Webinars
Our February 19, 2014 Webinar was Evaluation and Improvement of Smoke Plume Rise Modelss presented by Yong Liu.
Our February 12, 2014 Webinar was New Superfog Screening Tool - Development and Validation presented by Marko Princevac and Christian Bartolome.
Our January 14, 2014 Webinar was A Dataset for the Evaluation of Smoke Models – Emissions, Plume Rise, and Dispersions presented by Shawn Urbanski.
Our December 12, 2013 Webinar was Validation of Fuel Consumption Models for Smoke Management Planning in the Eastern United States presented by Roger Ottmar and Susan Prichard.
Our August 20, 2013 Webinar was Fire Management, Fuels, and Climate Change Tipping Points.
Our July 31, 2013 Webinar was Can our forests take the heat? Fire, climate change and tree mortality in the western US. Presented by Phil van Mantgem
Our July 11, 2013 Webinar was The IMAGINE Prescribed Fire Prioritization Model: A Logistical and Ecological Approach to Management presented by Reginald Goolsby.
Our June 13, 2013 Webinar was “Burning in Their Backyards and Having Them Say ‘Thank You,’” presented by Steve “Torch” Miller.
Our May 28, 2013 Webinar was Mobile Technology, Situational Awareness, and Emergency Response: An Example from Queensland, Australia presented by Tom Patterson and Mark Wallace.
Our May 14, 2013 Webinar was "Quantifying Biomass and Fuels for Non-Forest Lands of the Coterminous US" by Dr. Matt Reeves
Our April 30, 2013 Webinar was "After the Smoke Clears: The Use of Wood Mulch to Reduce Post-fire Erosion Risk", presented by Pete Robichaud.
Our April 4, 2013 Webinar was “Exploring fire behavior and wind flows in bark beetle-infested forests and woodlands using HIGRAD/FIRETEC,” presented by Carolyn Seig.
Our March 20, 2013 Webinar was The Economic Impact of Large Wildfires. Cassandra Moseley presenter.
Our February 27, 2013 Webinar was Debunking Myths in Wildland Fire. Sarah McCaffrey presenter.
Our February 13, 2013 Webinar was Management of Cheatgrass Fuel Loading in the Shrub-Steppe. Steven Link presenter.
Our November 20, 2012 Webinar was Mobile Technologies in Fire and Aviation Management. Presented by Esther Godson of the USFS Missoula Technology and Development Center.
Our October 2, 2012 Webinar was 2012 National Prescribed Fire Use Survey and the Coalition of Prescribe Fire Councils
Our October 18, 2012 Webinar was Introduction to the Interagency Fuels Treatment Decision Support System – IFTDSS presented by Stacy Drury.
September 20, 2012 Webinar: Current Research on Public Perceptions of Smoke from Wildland and Prescribed Fire to Inform Communication and Outreach.
Our August 9, 2012 Webinar was Introduction to FlamMap5.
Our July 12, 2012 Webinar: Landscape Treatment Designer: A multicriteria optimization tool for fuel treatment planning was presented by Alan Ager.
Our June 19, 2012 Webinar: Monitoring Trends in Burn Severity (MTBS): Project Overview and Data Access was presented by Josh Picotte and Jennifer Lecker.
Our June 26, 2012 Webinar: Innovative uses of Monitoring Trends in Burn Severity (MTBS) Data at Grand Canyon National Park was presented by Eric Gdula, a Fire GIS specialist at Grand Canyon National Park.
Our June 7, 2012 Webinar: ArcFuels: An ArcGIS Interface for Fuel Treatment Planning and Wildfire Risk Assessment was presented by Nicole Vaillant.
Our May 17, 2012 Webinar: Wildland Firefighter Heat Illness Awareness and Prevention. Presented by an expert panel.
Our May 3, 2012 Webinar: On the Causes and Movement of Smoke-Induced Fog was presented by Gary L. Achtemeier.
Our April 17, 2012 Webinar: Smoke Management: Preparing and Informing the Public (Lessons from SWA Fire Season 2011) was presented by Emily Irwin and Josh Hall.
Our March 27, 2012 Webinar: Effects of Fuels Treatments on the Spatial Probabilities of Burning and Final Size of Recent Wildfires across the United States was presented by Mark Cochran.
Our February 21, 2012 Webinar: Learning from Prescribed Fire Reviews: Initial Results was presented by Anne. Black.
Our January 26, 2012 Webinar: Hot off the Press: The Latest Researchfrom the Joint Fire Science Program was presented by Molly Hunter.
Our January 10, 2012 webinar: Human Performance and Risk Management was presented by Ivan Pupulidy.
Our December 13, 2011 webinar: Introduction to WFDSS-Air Quality Tools was presented by Miriam Rorig, a research meteorologist with the AirFire Team.
Our November 30, 2011 webinar: Using fire as a restoration tool: A case study in the Gila National Forest was presented by Dr. Molly Hunter.
Our October 25, 2011 webinar: Human & Organizational Performance: Folklore & Science was presented by James Saveland.
Our September 27, 2011 webinar: "The 'pyrogeography' of western North America: How climate has affected fire regimes across the West, and where it may be going in the future" was presented by Peter Brown.
Our August 25, 2011 webinar: "US biomass and bioenergy policy: Where are we and where might we be going?" was presented by Chris Farley.
Our July 12, 2011 webinar: "Mountain pine beetle and fire: The British Columbia experience" was presented by Dana Hicks.
Our June 28, 2011 webinar: "Emissions, Energy Returns and Economics of Utilizing Forest Residues for Thermal Energy Compared to Disposal by Pile Burning" was presented by Greg Jones, a research forester with the Rocky Mountain Research Station.
Our May 26, 2011 webinar: "Simulating vegetation, fire, and climate dynamics in the northern Rocky Mountain landscape" was presented by Robert Keane.
Our May 3, 2011 webinar: "Fire, Carbon, and Climate: Past and Future" was presented by Michael Ryan, a research ecologist with the Rocky Mountain Research Station.
Our April 19, 2011 webinar: "Using climate information for risk mitigation and objective achievement in managed fire" was presented by Crystal Kolden, assistant research professor with the University of Idaho.
Our November 9, 2010 webinar: "Climate Change and Stress Complexes of Forests of Western North America" presented by Dave Peterson and Christie McNeillis available online.
Our October 19, 2010 webinar: "Climate Change and Fire Projections in the West: Why the Science Should Matter to Managers" archive is available online.
Our September 21, 2010 webinar: "Using Climate and Climate Change Information for Fire Management" archive is available online.
Our June 30, 2009 webinar: "Prepare, Stay and Defend, or Go Early: International Perspectives" was a huge success.
Our April 22, 2010 archives for the webinar: "Climate Change and Land/Fire Management" can be found here: