Paleofire knowledge for current and future ecosystem management
The workshop was held at the Station Biologique des Laurentides, University of Montreal, Saint‐Hippolyte (Quebec, Canada) in October 2017. Fire researchers from 10 countries, with expertise ranging from millennial time-scale fire-proxy records to present-day biomass burning and covering different spatial scales, met together for promoting new uses of global paleofire records for current and future ecosystem management, and for exploring new research directions and collaborations. Chiara Molinari, LUCCI workpackage co-leader, was funded by the PAGES’s Global Paleofire Working Group to attend the workshop .
The different expertise of workshop participants formed a few main research themes. One focused on identifying a common vocabulary between paleofire experts, practitioners and stakeholders. Another to develop a framework for knowledge transfer from paleofire research to management, and yet another on evaluating the benefits of management policies based on long-term fire histories and associated processes for improving ecosystem adaptability to changes in climate and in human practices. The working groups independently developed ideas to address the research themes.
Furthermore, a pre-workshop questionnaire addressed to governmental agencies, ecosystem policy makers, non-governmental agencies, ecosystem private managers, consortiums, etc., was used for starting/improving the connection and the communication between paleofire specialists and stakeholders to support the use of lessons learnt from fire history to current and future ecosystem management.
Finally, a special attention was also given to the current status of paleofire reconstructions focusing on long term charcoal records (i.e. the Global Charcoal Database version 3, http://www.gpwg.paleofire.org/), and to the development of the global fire-proxy surface sample dataset (i.e. the Modern Global Charcoal Database, www.gpwg.paleofire.org/crosscu tting-initiatives1/).