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OCT 6, 2020 | Virtual Edition | 6:30-8:30PM | $5 suggested donation (www.omsi.edu/donate)
Fires at the Top of the World: Why is the Arctic Burning? with Randi Jandt, Fire Ecologist, Alaska Fire Science Consortium
Recent years have seen an increase in unusual wildfire events in forest and tundra in boreal and arctic regions, including Alaska, Canada, Russia, Greenland and Scandinavia. We will show a few examples of fire disasters or strange phenomena in the far north, and talk about the general background of how the environment has changed and is still changing in northern high latitudes in response to warming trends. We’ll then explore the unique characteristics of boreal forest and tundra and the reasons arctic fire regimes are so sensitive and responsive to changes in climate. Fires, in turn, can have surprising feedbacks to these environments.
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