Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences

NC CASC Webinar Series: Our Changing Fire Regimes

Thursday March 11 2021 @ 11:00 am
to 12:00 pm





11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Open to Public

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    NC CASC Webinar Series: Our Changing Fire Regimes
    Presented by: Jennifer Balch, NC CASC University Director, University of Colorado-Boulder 
    Thursday, March 11, 2021, 11a-12p MST
    Register in advance for this meeting:
    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information on how to join the meeting.  
    There are three ingredients needed for fire: fuel to burn, hot & dry conditions, and an ignition source. People are changing all three. The number of wildfires and the area burned has increased over the past several decades, in western U.S. forests by 1500%. Last year was one of the most expensive wildfire seasons ever in the U.S., costing over $16B. We need to learn to live with fire, again. But how? Ultimately, we need to burn better and build better.
    About the Speaker:
    Dr. Jennifer Balch is University Director of the North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center and Director of Earth Lab at the University of Colorado-Boulder. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography. Dr. Balch’s research aims to understand the patterns and processes that underlie disturbance and ecosystem recovery, particularly how people are shifting fire regimes and the consequences. Her work spans from temperate regions to the tropics exploring how the major ingredients to fire are changing: climate, fuels, and ignitions. She has conducted research in the field of fire ecology for nearly twenty years, and has lit a few experimental burns to understand the consequences of altered fire regimes.
    Past NC CASC Webinar Recordings: 
    Dates for future NC CASC webinars:
    April 8, 2021, 11a-12p MDT
    May 13, 2021, 11a-12p MDT
    June 10, 2021, 11a-12p MDT
    July 8, 2021, 11a-12p MDT
    August 12, 2021, 11a-12p MDT
    September 9, 2021, 11a-12p MDT
    October 14, 2021, 11a-12p MDT
    November 11, 2021, 11a-12p MST
    December 9, 2021, 11a-12p MST