Wild Fire

Satellite data can help identify where and when vegetation such as grass and leaves forms a continuous swath of fuel dry enough for a catastrophic bushfire to ignite and take hold.
A firefighter surveys wildfire damage in Queensland, Australia
A new analysis of Australian forest fire trends confirms for the first time the Black Summer fires are part of a clear trend of worsening fire weather and ever-larger forest areas burned by fires.
Without substantial changes in how people interact with wildfire in the western U.S., climate change will increasingly put people in harm’s way as fires become larger and more severe.
Two Pacific nations take on the challenge of making sure people only act upon quality information this cyclone season, what to do if threatened by a bushfire, and a reminder that being prepared doesn’t have to be hard work, it can be fun.
Ferry heading to Sydney Circular Quay in thick bushfire smoke (2019)
Air quality forecasting improvements will be able to provide hourly and daily information on pollutants in the air to help fire and environmental authorities, and the community.
Extreme fire weather risk is tied to high vapor pressure deficit (VPD). New research shows that two-thirds of the increase in VPD is due to human-caused climate change.
Research by scientists from UCLA and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory bolsters the case that climate change has been the main cause of the growing amount of large wildfires in the western U.S. over the past two decades.
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This study explores the extent to which the increase in wildfire activity in the western United States is due to weather pattern changes dominated by natural variability versus anthropogenic warming.
Wildfire threatening houses in Portugal
This year, about 130 000 ha were already burnt by the end of June, which marks the traditional start of the fire season. Fires no longer affect southern states only, but are a growing threat also for central and northern Europe.
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This study examines six projects under the International Fund for Agricultural Development's (IFAD) Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Program (ASAP).