Webinars and Courses

Upcoming Canada Wildfire Webinars

From laser points to information: Using lidar to quantify pre- and post-fire vegetation structure
Dr. Laura Chasmer & Dr. Chris Hopkinson,
University of Lethbridge

October 14, 2022 09:30-11:00 MST

Lidar has been used to measure vegetation structure for more than 20 years. In this talk, we will introduce the physics and technology of lidar remote sensing. We will then discuss how lidar technology can be used as a tree- to plot- to landscape- to global-scale measurement tool to quantify spatial and temporal variations in pre-fire fuels and post-fire impacts to ecosystems.

Laura Chasmer and Chris Hopkinson are professors in physical geography and remote sensing at the University of Lethbridge. Both have been coordinating and working on lidar surveys for over 20 years. Research focus areas include wildland fire fuels, ecology and ecosystem change, and hydrology, including snow and ice. 

What comes after Prometheus?
Neal McLoughlin, BC Public Service

November 2022, 09:30-11:00 MST

Description and presenter bio coming soon

Remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS)
December 2022, 09:30-11:00 MST  

Description and presenter bio coming soon

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Insects and wildfire in the boreal forest

Patrick James

In this talk, Dr. James presents the current framework for thinking about insect-fire interactions. He shares ongoing work in his lab examining how outbreaks of forest insect pests such as the spruce budworm and jack pine budworm affect fuel abundance and connectivity, and what this means for current and future wildfire hazard.

Wildfires and climate change – the new reality

Mike Flannigan

A warmer world means longer fire seasons, more lightning activity, and most importantly drier fuels. Our fire regime is driven by extremes, and we expect an increase in frequency and intensity of extreme fire weather episodes. Climate change will likely mean more wildfire in the future for many regions of the world including Canada. 

Lightning fire occurrence prediction - modelling for operational use

Mike Wotton

This presentation is for both academic and operational audience in Canada's wildfire community.  You will learn about lightning fire ignition and the important processes that determine the day to day variation of this important source of summertime fire activity in Canada. 

Mission Critical Teams: reflection, reset, and residue in wildland fire management

Preston B. Cline

Dr. Preston Cline presents Mission Critical Team training, a way to resolve complex adaptive problems in an immersive, but constrained (five minutes or less) temporal environments, where the consequence of failure can be critical. 

Our future with fire: barriers and opportunities for the revitalization of fire stewardship

Kira Hoffman

In this webinar, Dr. Hoffman describes some of the factors that have contributed to the recent impactful wildfire seasons experienced in British Columbia in the last five years. She discusses some of the barriers to applying controlled fire to the broader landbase and the importance of supporting Indigenous-led fire stewardship.

More fire, more people, less water: exploring wildfire risks to water security in a changing world

François-Nicolas Robinne

Learn about: how forests contribute to water security; how fire, forests, and humans interact to impact water security; what is the state of wildfire-watershed risk research in Canada; and, what are the tools, methods, and data available to advance research and management of wildfire risks to water security.

Wildfire perimeter mapping from Landsat satellite imagery

Rob Skakun

Participants are introduced to the fundamentals of post-fire mapping using Landsat satellite imagery. This presentation will also highlight how fire perimeters derived from Landsat have improved estimations of burned area over conventional mapping methods and, as an application example, demonstrate the use of these perimeters to assess undisturbed woodland caribou habitat in a northern boreal forest.

Accessing and processing spatial data in Google Earth Engine for fire applications

Ellen Whitman

This presentation highlights some examples of recent wildfire research developed using Google Earth Engine. The audience will be introduced to the Earth Engine data catalog and will be shown demonstrations of publicly available code and Earth Engine applications.

Remote sensing basics for wildland fire applications

Ron Goodson 

This presentation overviews remote sensing fundamentals from a wildland fire perspective. Topics include satellite orbits, resolution, channels, radiation, basic feature recognition, and an introduction to satellite products.