Mike Flannigan, Univerity of Alberta
Every year, for millennia, thousands of small fires and
dozens of large ones break out in Canada’s boreal
forest. This will continue as long as people work, build,
live, and play in the boreal forest. Disaster can strike
when fires occur near populated areas. Last spring's Fort
McMurray wildfire was a reminder of how dangerous forest
fires can be. It forced the unprecedented evacuation of
90,000 people, caused insured losses of over $3.5 billion,
and dampened Canada's GDP growth for 2016. Dr. Mike Flannigan
will explain the current state of fire science and what
it tells us about coexisting with fire in a flammable environment.
Dr. Flannigan is a professor at the University of Alberta’s
Department of Renewable Resources and the director of the
Western Partnership for Wildland Fire Science, a three-way
partnership with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, Natural
Resources Canada, and the University of Alberta. He received
his BSc in Physics from the University of Manitoba, his
MSc in Atmospheric Sciences from Colorado State University,
and his PhD in Plant Sciences from Cambridge University.
Dr. Flannigan's primary research interests include interactions
between fire and the weather and climate, the potential
impacts of climatic change, lightning-ignited forest fires,
and landscape fire modelling. He has been studying fire
for over 35 years and has published over 200 papers. Dr.
Flannigan was the editor-in-chief of the International Journal
of Wildland Fire (2002-2008) and has taken on leadership
roles in activities related to understanding the global
impacts of fire with the US National Assessment on Global
Change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the
International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme’s Fire
Fast Track Initiative, and Global Change Terrestrial Ecosystems.
This breakfast is sponsored by the Insurance
Bureau of Canada.
Presentation will be in English.
Organized by: The Partnership Group for Science
and Engineering (PAGSE).
Supported by: CANARIE inc. and Natural Sciences and Engineering
Research Council (NSERC) and many
The Speaker of the Senate
The Speaker of the House of Commons
Date: Thursday, September 29, 2016, 7:30 am - 8:30 am (Hot
breakfast is ready by 7am)
Location: Parliamentary Dining Room, Centre
Cost: No charge to Members of the House of Commons, Senators
and Media. All others $25. Payment must be made in advance
by credit card. No refunds for cancellations after September
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