AIMES 4th YSN Workshop on Cultural Uses and Impacts of Fire: Past, Present and Future

Date and Venue

Date: 14-18 July 2008
Venue: Boulder, Colorado, USA

[Agenda] [Logistics] [Participants] [White Paper Draft] [Proposed Working Groups]

For millennia humans have utilized fire as a tool of landscape management, and in some regions this process continues.  The historic impacts of fire on the environment and climate are thought to be significant. In this workshop we explore the drivers of human use of landscape fires, as well as the impacts.  We will explore indigenous and contemporary management of landscape fire across scales from anthropologic, historic, paleoclimate, ecologic, biogeochemical and climate perspectives. 

This is a working workshop, meaning that the participants will be expected to help prepare a white paper before the workshop, present their work at the meeting, and finish the whitepaper after the workshop.  Several senior speakers will be involved in the workshop.  All participant travel, lodging and food will be funded. We hope to submit the whitepaper to a peer-reviewed journals.

his workshop is supported by NSF/ASP, Past Global Changes (PAGES), QUEST and NSF Carbon and Water.  The Young Scholar’s Network is an activity of the Analysis, Integration and Modeling of the Earth System (AIMES) Project of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program (IGBP).