Randi Jandt, Alaska Fire Science Consortium fire ecologist, UAF
Martin Stuefer, Geophysical Institute associate research professor, UAF
Stacey Cooper, Environmental Public Health Program health assessor, State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
This webinar, organized jointly by the Alaska Fire Science Consortium and the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy, will focus on changing wildfires in Alaska and resulting smoke impacts to help our audience be prepared for the upcoming wildfire season. Randi Jandt will summarize the evidence for changing wildfire seasons and therefore smoke moving into new areas of the state. Martin Stuefer will share information about the WRF-Chem model for forecasting smoke dispersion, which will be operational for 2017. Stacey Cooper will summarize what is known about health effects of smoke exposure and how communities should respond to smoke events. We will provide a list of resources for follow up.