JFSP Funds FPF International Workshop

The workshop is planned for spring 2013 in the center of a fire-prone ecosystem – Bend, Oregon. The target audience is scientists and managers working on or cooperating with CNHS research projects in fire-prone ecosystems. We envision this as a workshop by invitation, involving scientists, local managers, and community or interest group members as appropriate. A synthesis publication on lessons and research challenges for fire prone landscapes as CNHS will be produced.

Dr. Christine S. Olsen, Oregon State University
Dr. Tom Spies, Pacific Northwest Research Station

Purpose of Conference Including Target Audience

The purpose of this international scientific workshop will be to bring scientists and managers together who are working on coupled natural-human systems (CNHS) in fire-prone ecosystems to present theories and findings on current work, discuss challenges and emerging issues, and to produce a synthesis of presentations and discussions that reflects the state of the knowledge in this field. The workshop will address key scientific issues in the study of adaptation and feedbacks of social and ecological systems in fire-prone landscapes under climate change. It will also focus on ways of integrating social and ecological systems in agent-based models for planning and decision-making. The workshop will advance the scientific basis of human adaptation in disturbance prone systems and identify scenarios of landscape change in different socio-ecological systems.

This workshop and the resulting synthesis publication will be important to the fire and land management community because it would improve our understanding of how biophysical systems, management actions, and socio-economic influences interact to affect sustainability in fire-prone landscapes under climate change. To further ensure this conference is relevant to the management community, we will work with the Northwest Fire Science Consortium to disseminate information to multiple publics.

Workshop Co-Sponsors
There are four co-sponsors currently identified for this workshop:

  • National Science Foundation funds from the parent project
  • Joint Fire Science Program
  • Focused Science Delivery Program at the PNW Research Station
  • Oregon State University

Workshop Format

This event will be a hybrid design, with presentations typical of discipline-specific conferences, and discussion sessions more typical of a focused workshop. Participants will be invited to present on their work, and all will take part in discussions on challenges to CNHS research, emerging issues, overarching themes, and other topics as they arise during the event. Invitees will include scientists from within the U.S. and from other countries where fire is an important issue, including Australia, Canada, Spain, and Italy.