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Key Science Questions in the Wake of the Flames


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Gathering Together: A Community Discussion on the Impacts of the Recent Wildfires

- Lisa Micheli, President and CEO, Pepperwood Foundation

This presentation was given during a workshop at the Bay Area Open Space Council's November Gathering on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, CA. More info on the Bay Area Open Space Council's blog:

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Key Science Questions in the Wake of the Flames

  1. 1. Key science questions in the wake of the flames Lisa Micheli November 16, 2017 Bay Area Open Space Gathering photo: David Ackerly
  2. 2. What were the drivers and controls on fire behavior and burn intensity? Did pre-fire treatments make any difference? What is meaningful to assess in the field?
  3. 3. What can our Sentinel Site sensor network tell us?
  4. 4. Preliminary LANDSAT analysis courtesy of Matt Clark, Sonoma State University What can remote sensing tell us? � Steve Ting/GBBC
  5. 5. How will our watersheds respond in terms of erosion, water quantity and quality?
  6. 6. Which trees are going to die? What will emerge in the understory? Imagery: Mike Koontz (UCD) Cartography: Celeste Dodge, Pepperwood Lilium rubescens
  7. 7. How are our grasslands going to respond?
  8. 8. What is the process of reset and recovery of chaparral? Will we see any rare fire-followers?
  9. 9. What are the impacts on wildlife?
  10. 10. What will be the net effect on fuel loads and risk of future fire? Flood risks? Drought resilience? Can we inform extreme event-smart strategies for rebuilding our community?
  11. 11. Can the Sentinel Site serve as a hub for an AlertNorthBay fire detection network? Thank you first responders!
  12. 12. awesome science affiliates! Scott Stephens, UCB Sasha Berleman, Audubon Canyon Ranch Lisa Bentley, Matt Clark, Claudia Luke, SSU David Ackerly, UCB Brock Dolman, OAEC Prahlada Papper, UCB Meagan Oldfather, UCB Fred Euphrat, SRJC and many more! Graham Kent, UNR Trevor Hebert, Stanford- Jasper Ridge
  13. 13. Thank you! #sonomastrong