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Wildland Fire Research Conference Call with Scientists Oct. 27

Updated: Oct 29, 2020

UPDATE: See links and materials from the conference call below. You can listen to the recording of the call here in your browser.

To listen to this recording by telephone dial 1-862-902-0129 and enter Access code: 63151187. Some recording features when listening on your phone:

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CO-LABS has organized a call with the staff of U.S. Representative Joe Neguse to hear from federal research scientists on wildfire research, mitigation and communications technologies to improve management and preparedness for wildland and urban interface fires. Scientists will spotlight their relevant research and resources within the federal research laboratory ecosystem in Colorado. 

This call will be recorded and further materials as provided by the speakers will be updated on this post following the call.

Speakers include:

From the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station:

Sara Brown is the Program Manager for Fire, Fuels, and Smoke speaking to the direct support RMRS has provided to fire suppression efforts around risk management, decision support, real-time applications to help monitor weather, fire-behavior, etc., plus ongoing resiliency efforts.

Frank McCormick is the Program Manager for the Air, Water, and Aquatic Environments, speaking to science supporting post-fire watershed impacts and recovery measures.

From the National Institute of Standards and Technology - PSCR: Sam L. Ray,Electronics Engineer is the lead for the work on deployable networks for connecting first responders in remote areas.

Additional Information from Sam:

The Public Safety Communications Research Division (PSCR) is the primary federal laboratory conducting research, development, testing, and evaluation for public safety communications technologies. It is housed within the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Communications Technology Laboratory, who is advancing the nation’s communication systems—ranging from the public safety infrastructure we discussed today to the developing 5G-and-beyond wireless networks that will connect billions of mobile devices.

Our work is driven to overcome the challenges of our first responders as they carry out their mission to protect lives and property during emergencies.  Advancements such as the deployable communication systems mentioned on our call are ideal for the type of remote terrain first responders faced during the recent wildfires in Colorado. 

From CU-Boulder/CIRES

Lisa Dilling, Professor, Environmental Studies, University of Colorado Boulder, and Western Water Assessment Director (A NOAA-funded RISA) and CIRES Fellow at the University of Colorado Boulder. Western Water Assessment; WWA is one of 10 NOAA-funded Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) programs. WWA’s mission is to conduct innovative research in partnership with decision makers in the Rocky Mountain West, helping them make the best use of science to manage for climate impacts.

Additional information from Lisa:


Dr. Jennifer Balch is Director of Earth Lab & University Director of the USGS North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center (see Jennifer's spotlight here), speaking as an expert in fire science and how shifting fire regimes are reconfiguring tropical forests, encouraging non-native grass invasion, and affecting the global climate.

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