2015 Joint Assembly Session: New Developments and New Directions in Paleoenvironmental Studies of Wildfire

The 2015 Joint Assembly will be held May 3-7, 2015 at the Palais des Congrès de Montréal in Montréal, Canada. The Joint Assembly combines the interests and participants of the American Geophysical Union, the Canadian Geophysical Union, the Geological Association of Canada, and the Mineralogical Association of Canada.

The meeting will include a special session (ID #6360) titled New Developments and New Directions in Paleoenvironmental Studies of Wildfire. Paleoecological tools such as tree-rings, lake sediments, soil charcoal, and historical photographs and documents have provided many insights into wildfire regimes in Canada prior to the development of modern fire monitoring programs.  Traditional views of fire as a catastrophic event that resets the landscape, or that maintains the “balance of nature,” have been replaced by the understanding that fire is a stochastic, non-equilibrium process that is an integral component of Canada’s forests, with complex consequences – many of them ecologically and economically important.  There have been many recent innovations in paleoenvironmental research that have allowed the examination of aspects of the fire regime that were previously not possible.  This session welcomes papers that use novel techniques or that examine often overlooked aspects of the fire regime in order to understand how wildfire operated in the past, or use this information to inform future forest management and conservation decisions.

Other special sessions in the Biogeosciences can be reviewed here.

A full list of Joint Assembly sessions, by discipline, can be reviewed here.

The deadline to submit abstracts to the Joint Assembly is 11:59 pm EST, Wednesday, January 14th. Abstracts can be submitted via the online portal.

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