04/27/2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
101 Nierenberg Hall
Prof. Leroy Westerling
Abstract: Recent trends in climate are driving increased fire in western US ecosystems. Paleo reconstructions and climate change projections provide a context that indicates that, once we control for the effects of land management practices, the high level of fire activity since the 1980's is unusual and presages greater changes in fire and vegetation in many parts of the region in coming decades.
Bio: Dr. LeRoy Westerling is Professor of Management at UC Merced and co-Director of the UC Merced Center for Climate Communication. LeRoy is a long-standing member of the California Nevada Applications Program RISA team. His research interests include applied climatology and seasonal forecasting for wildfire management, climate change impacts on wildfire and related aspects of mountain hydrology, paleo reconstructions of climate-wildfire interactions, simulation of extreme events, and the communication of complexity and risk. Dr. Westerling holds a B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles; and a Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego. He has published extensively on wildfire and climate in the western United States.
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