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"Do We Have The Science, Tools and Policies Needed to Predict Wildfire and Its Impacts in California?"

Dr. John J. Battles, UC Berkeley and Dr. Alex Hall, UCLA
Apr 21, 2021 from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (America/Los_Angeles / UTC-700)
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 * In light of the community concerns regarding COVID-19, this talk will be given as a webinar*  

Our experience over the last five years documents the extreme and multifaceted risk posed by wildfires to California's public safety, environmental health, and economic well-being. The underlying drivers of the current crisis are many but the impacts of a warming climate are not only intensifying the likely risks but also injecting additional uncertainty about the future extent and timing of wildfires. In particular, it is the interaction of linked causal agents that have the potential to produce environmental surprises. This talk will review our understanding of the current state of affairs and then outline the science gaps that must be filled to limit the extent of unanticipated outcomes.

Dr. John J. Battles, Professor of Forest Ecology at UC Berkeley, is a field scientist engaged in long-term research of temperate forest ecosystems. His goal is to understand how and why forests Battles Photochange. Towards this end, his research seeks to understand the dynamic response of forest communities to disturbances and perturbations such as air pollution, invasive species, forest management, extreme drought, and fire. His recent work has focused on understanding the interactions among disturbances in order to assess their potential to reshape forests.

Dr. Alex Hall is a professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and Director of the Center for Climate Science at UCLA. His research is aimed at predicting and understanding Hall Photoclimate change impacts at scales relevant to decision-makers, especially in the State of California. Alex and his team are currently studying the future of wildfire in California and are working with water management agencies in the Los Angeles region to ensure sustainability of water resources under climate change.

Introduction by Mr. Patrick Wright. Mr. Wright serves as Director of the California Wildfire and Forest Resilience Task Force.  He was previously the Executive Director of the California Tahoe Conservancy, a state agency in the Lake Wright PhotoTahoe Basin, where he led the development of the Lake Tahoe Basin Forest Action Plan and launched both the Tahoe-Central Sierra Initiative and the Lake Tahoe West Forest Restoration Partnership.  Wright was previously the Director of the CALFED Bay-Delta Program, where he led a consortium of agencies and stakeholders in developing and managing one of the nation’s largest collaborative water management programs.  He has also served as Deputy Secretary of the California Resources Agency, Senior Policy Advisor to the Regional Administrator of EPA and the Deputy Secretary of Interior, and held positions in EPA’s Air and Water Management Programs in San Francisco. 

In light of the community concerns regarding COVID-19, this talk will be given as a webinar. The link will be provided on April 20th to those that have registered by 5:00 pm on Monday, April 19th.

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