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Data-Driven Wildland Fire Research

Spring 2020-21
Mondays at 12:30pm – Seminars are held via Zoom

Join Stanford Data Science and the Woods Institute in this series of discussions at the intersection of wildland fire research and data science.

In recent years, wildfire has gone from an infrequent and distant news item to a centerstage issue spanning many consecutive weeks for urban and suburban communities.

Frequent wildfires are changing everyday lives for California in numerous ways -- from public safety power shutoffs to hazardous air quality -- that seemed inconceivable as recently as 2015. Moreover, elevated wildfire risk in the western United States (and similar climates globally) is here to stay into the foreseeable future.

There is a plethora of problems that need solutions in the wildland fire arena; many of them are well suited to a data-driven approach. In this seminar series, we will hear from several Stanford researchers about how their areas of interest require a data-driven approach to find solutions to pressing wildfire problems. Each speaker will present a short 20-minute overview of a particular problem of interest, followed by a 30-minute Q&A session in hopes of creating a dialogue about data-driven wildland fire research.

April 5: “Simultaneous management of fire risk, carbon storage, and human and ecosystem co-benefits”
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              Prof. Chris Field
              Director, Woods Institute on the Environment
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April 12: “Zombie Forests: Fire Risk of the Standing Dead in the Sierra Nevada”
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              Avery Hill
              PhD Candidate, Dept. of Biology
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April 19: “Data-Driven vegetation moisture as a tool for mapping wildfire risk in the western US”
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              Krishna Rao
              PhD Candidate, Dept. of Earth Systems Science
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April 26: “Health Impacts of Smoke Exposure: What do we know?”
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              Dr. Mary Prunicki
              Sr. Research Scientist, Sean Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research
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May 3: “The Clean Air Act and wildfire smoke: What are the options?”
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              Dr. Michael Wara
              Director, Climate and Energy Policy Program
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May 10: “Better measures of outdoor and indoor exposure to wildfire smoke”
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              Prof. Marshall Burke
              Deputy Director, Center on Food Security and the Environment
              Sam Heft-Neal
              Research Scholar at the Center on Food Security and the Environment
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May 17: Trends in California Wildfire-related Legislature, 2001-2020
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              Rebecca Miller
              PhD Candidate, Emmettt Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources
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May 24: “Using public records to study wildfires”
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              Dr. Iris Hui
              Senior Researcher with the Bill Lane Center
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For seminar information, please contact Derek Fong at dfongatstanforddotedu

Past Events

Monday, May 24, 2021 - 12:30
Monday, May 17, 2021 - 12:30
Monday, May 10, 2021 - 12:30
Monday, May 3, 2021 - 12:30
Monday, April 26, 2021 - 12:30
Monday, April 19, 2021 - 12:30
Monday, April 12, 2021 - 12:30
Monday, April 5, 2021 - 12:30