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Wildfires, phenology and fire weather in the South and South West

Tue. 19 March 2024 at 7:00 pm

Free – £2.50

A Zoom talk presented by Professor Claire Belcher – WildFIRE Laboratory, Department of Geography, Exeter University

Claire Belcher graduated from Royal Holloway University of London with degrees in Geology. After fellowships at University College Dublin and Edinburgh she moved to Exeter in 2012. Claire specialises in the study of natural fires in the Earth system. Her research seeks to understand the impact of fires on ecosystems and the longer-term functioning of our planet.

The heathlands of the south and south west sit in a region that is predicted to experience dry and hot summers by 2061. Our heathlands are already amongst the UK’s most flammable ecosystems, where fire occurrence has traditionally been driven by plant phenology. In this presentation Claire will show a range of new information gathered by the team building the components for a UK Fire Danger Rating System over the last three years. She will also explore the flammability of heathlands in the region throughout the annual cycle and look at when fires typically occur and under what conditions. The effects of novel heat wave conditions that are becoming more prevalent in the region will be considered as well as estimating fire scenarios.

Please book with the organiser (details below) by a day before the event. You will be sent a link to access the Zoom session.

This talk is part of The Devonshire Association Monthly Lecture Series – a programme of talks on a wide range of topics presented by informed and respected speakers throughout the year using Zoom technology.

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Tue. 19 March 2024
7:00 pm
Free – £2.50
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