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Dates:
10.10 - 14.10.2017  
Venue:
Montreal, Canada
Contact person:
Olivier Blarquez, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website:
http:// http://www.gpwg.paleofir...

The PAGES' Global Paleofire Working Group 2 (GPWG2) workshop, titled "Paleofire knowledge for current and future ecosystem management", will be held in Montreal, Canada, from 10-14 October 2017.

The main foci will be on crosscutting-approach development and knowledge transfer between scientists and managers.

Logistics

The workshop will be held near Montreal at the UdeM field station, Station Biologique des Laurentides http://www.sbl.umontreal.ca and is the third workshop of GPWG2, which aims to promote new uses of global paleofire records for current and future ecosystem management.

The workshop is open for up to 30 participants. Given the topic, it is expected many more applications will be received, so if there is enough funding, it will be opened up for 35-40 people, with an emphasis on early-career researchers and developing countries researchers.

Overview

In a rapidly changing world, landscape managers from across the planet are being challenged to re-integrate natural disturbance processes that have shaped ecosystems for millennia. In fire science, there are diverse and rich sources of historical information, from historical archives to fire-scarred trees, to charcoal in sediments. The legacy of human societies on current fire regimes span from hundred years up to millennia, such that informed fire management plans for the future should not be only based on historic and modeled fire-climate-vegetation relationships, but also on knowledge from paleofire research. This workshop will explore the lessons from the paleofire record to support current and future ecosystem management.

Fire is projected to increase in many places due to global warming and regional drying resulting from rising atmospheric greenhouse gases. Large uncertainties in future projections remain, however, especially because of complicating human activities. In certain regions, fire suppression can overcome the net effect of increased fire risk due to global warming, while in other regions increasing ignitions can reinforce climate trends underway, potentially pushing ecosystems towards into novel ecological conditions. Learning from the paleo record is thus crucial now in order to adapt practices for climate change and its consequences.

The workshop will foster interdisciplinary collaborations between paleofire experts and stakeholders, including governmental agencies and associations, to assess long-term fire history for future fire and ecosystem management. A crosscutting approach to development and knowledge transfer between researchers and managers/stakeholders from different regions will be employed to support the application of lessons from fire history to management.

Workshop aims

The aim of the workshop is to foster interdisciplinary collaborations between paleofire experts and stakeholders, including governmental agencies and associations, in order to assess long-term fire history for future fire and ecosystem management. The workshop will focus on crosscutting approach development and knowledge transfer between researchers and managers/stakeholders. We expect the capacity to manage fire in ecosystems under climate change to be expanded by improving management policies using knowledge on long-term relationships between fire, human practices, climate and vegetation.

Key objectives

1) Identify a common vocabulary between paleofire experts, practitioners and stakeholders. This objective will include the definition of fire regime variables that are useful to define management policies and can be reconstructed from long-term archives (fire risk, biomass burning, fire frequency, burned area, etc.).
2) Develop a framework for knowledge transfer from paleofire research to management. This framework will help to use data from long-term fire reconstructions for defining management targets for different ecosystems.
3) Evaluate the benefits of management policies based on long-term fire histories and associated processes for improving ecosystem adaptability to climate change and to changes in human practices and for attaining sustainable development targets.
4) The edition of a 'white book' on the use of paleofire knowledge for current and future ecosystem management. Different chapters will focus on different parts of the world that are subjected to societal and natural specificities, and that present different challenges related to fire in a global change context.

Confirmed key speakers

Sylvie Gauthier, Canadian Forest Service
Daniele Colombaroli, Switzerland
Julie Aleman, Yale, USA
Olivier Blarquez, UdeM, Canada
Pierre Grondin, MRN, Canada
Andy Hennebelle, Université de Montréal, Canada
Donna Hawthorne, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Financial support

Limited financial support from PAGES is available to supplement participant travel – particularly for early-career scientists and researchers from less developed countries. For questions please contact Olivier Blarquez: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Program

Tuesday 10 October

Arrival of participants
17:30 Welcoming of participants and degustation of Québec specialties
18:00 Dinner
Informal discussion

Wednesday 11 October

8:00 Breakfast
9:00 Workshop introduction, Olivier Blarquez and Pierre Grondin
9:15 Keynote speaker Sylvie Gauthier
10:00 Forest Management and Paleofire Research, the example of Québec
10:00 Yan Boucher: Reference conditions for the boreal forest as a management tool
10:15 Andy Hennebelle: Paleofires for improving ecosystem management in the spruce-moss bioclimatic domain
10:30 Pierre Grondin: Landscape understanding through the lens of paleoecology and ecological classification
10:45 Coffee break
11:00 Daniele Colombaroli: Long-term records as a guide for ecosystem management and biodiversity conservation
11:20 Donna Hawthorne, Julie Aleman: Calibration and communication of paleofire data: the GMCD
11:40 General discussion
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Individual presentations by the workshop participants (search fields, study areas…): 5 slides - 5 minutes
15:00 Coffee break
15:30 Sub-groups formation by region/biome and discussion on the workshop objectives sent to participants in a previous announcement
18:00 Dinner
Free informal discussions

Thursday 12 October

8:00 Breakfast
9:00 Sub-group discussions and synthesis of the workshop questionnaire that each participant had to discuss with their regional stakeholders
10:30 Coffee break
10:45 Continued discussions on stakeholder questionnaire
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Excursion at the Lac Geai (a 2 kilometer-walk in a forest trail)
14:30 Return from the excursion
15:00 Presentation of the synthesis of the questionnaires by each sub-group: Discussion on the sub-group differences and convergences; Redaction of the syntheses
18:00 Dinner
19:00 Plenary discussion on how to conciliate paleofire research and stakeholder’s needs: which objectives for which outcomes?

Friday 13 October

8:00 Breakfast
9:00 Sub-groups development of strategies and frameworks for linking paleofire research to ecosystem management, conservation or exploitation as a function of: Stakeholders needs; Paleofire data specificities; Regional settings
10:30 Coffee break
10:45 Continued discussions on strategies and frameworks…
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Excursion in an Oakwood (Quercus rubra) at its northern range limit: fire and conservation
14:30 Return from the excursion
15:00 Presentation of the frameworks and strategies by each subgroup: Discussion on the possible implementation of the strategies; New research opportunities and adaption/valorization of existing data: the GCD; Redaction of the strategies/frameworks
18:00 Dinner
19:00 Conclusion of the workshop: Long-term objectives; Stakeholder engagement and communication of the workshop outcomes; Future plans and redaction of the workshop white paper

Saturday 14 October

8:00 Breakfast
Departure

Applications

To apply, email Olivier Blarquez: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name, position, affiliation and a short paragraph (15 lines) explaining why you would like to attend the workshop, what you hope to contribute to the efforts, and what you are most interested in studying. Please note whether you will need funding support to attend the workshop.

Deadline for applications is 15 April 2017.

Further information

Access the GPWG2 website, the dedicated webpage for this meeting, the PAGES GPWG2 webpage or contact Olivier Blarquez: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.