In recent conferences, the FLAM model, developed by researchers Andrey Krasovskiy and Shelby Corning, has captivated audiences with its valuable applications in wildfire dynamics and future projections under climate change scenarios. These presentations, held at renowned conferences and symposiums, have garnered positive feedback and paved the way for potential future collaborations.

Andrey Krasovskiy @SBSR 2023 © DIOTG / INPE

At the EGU 2023 General Assembly, Shelby and Andrey delivered oral presentations as part of the session titled "The effect of weather and climate extremes on wildfires and their impacts." Andrey's talk, titled "Modeling wildfire dynamics and future projections under climate change scenarios: the FLAM approach," provided key insights into the capabilities of the FLAM model. Shelby followed with her presentation titled "Flammable Futures – A storyline of climatic and land-use change impacts on wildfire extremes in Indonesia," which highlighted the significance of integrating the FLAM and GLOBIOM models to comprehend the far-reaching impacts of wildfires. The audience acclaimed both presentations.

Also at the EGU 2023 General Assembly, Shelby Corning presented a poster authored by Florian Kraxner titled "Wildfire Hot Spot Mapping - Austria Fire Futures." The poster showcased the application of the FLAM model in examining the potential impacts of climate change, tourism, and other fire-related factors on wildfire occurrences in Austria. Florian Kraxner's research project aims to provide comprehensive insights into the complex dynamics of wildfires in Austria, considering the influence of novel variables such as tourism infrastructure and visitor numbers. It served as an unofficial introduction of the ongoing Austrian Fire Futures (AFF), a project funded by the Austrian Climate Research Program (ACRP), which aims to improve the understanding of fire risk and resiliency of Austrian forests to climate change.

Additionally, Andrey Krasovskiy was invited as a speaker at the XX Brazilian Symposium on Remote Sensing (SBSR 2023) held in Florianópolis, SC, Brazil. In the Thematic Session on Latest Advances in Remote Sensing-based Environmental Dynamic Models, Andrey presented a lecture titled "Forestry and Wildland Fire Modelling at Multiple Scales and Resolutions." The lecture fostered productive discussions with colleagues from the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) Brazil, including Prof. Cláudia Maria de Almeida, the chair organizer of the session. This collaboration holds promising potential for joint projects and participation in the Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP). SBSR Congress Video

Looking ahead, Shelby is scheduled to present at the 8th International Wildland Fire (IWF) Congress in Porto. The IWF congress presents an exceptional opportunity to connect with experts and researchers in the field of wildfire management and nurture collaborations. In addition to her three poster presentations expanding upon insights into FLAM and ongoing project results, Shelby will serve as chair for the “Adaptive Management” e-poster session. Furthermore, Andrey and Florian will host a session dedicated to “Patterns, projections and specific challenges of forest fires in Central Europe” at the “2nd International Congress on Fire in the Earth System” taking place from 4-8 July in Granada, Spain.

The growing recognition and positive reception of the FLAM model at these conferences reflect its potential to comprehend and mitigate the impacts of wildfires under changing climatic conditions.



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