2012-2013

Hot Topics Arise at the 4th Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference

The US edition of the 4th Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference, co-organized by IAWF, IAFSS, Tomsk State University, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute, was held in Raleigh, NC last February 18-22.

The US edition of the 4th Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference, co-organized by IAWF, IAFSS, Tomsk State University, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute, was held in Raleigh, NC last February 18-22. This conference organized by Albert Simeoni, Associate Professor, WPI Fire Protection Engineering,  allowed wildland fire researchers to meet around the main topic: "At the Crossroads, Looking Toward the Future in a Changing Environment".  This topic arose from the notion that the changing environment substantially modifies fire behavior and fire regimes in the forests, as well as at the wildland/urban interface.

This conference was a success with approximately 350 attendees, 7 keynote presentations, 85 oral presentations and over 50 posters representing the last research developments in fire behavior and fuel modeling. In addition to the presentations, over 10 workshops were held on February 18 to discuss specific fire topics or present new applications developed in research and now available to end-users.

In addition to the U.S. edition, the Russian edition will be held in St. Petersburg from July 1-4, 2013 (downloadable flyer PDF at: www.iawfonline.org/2013FuelsConference/Call-for-papers-St.Petes.pdf). The contributed oral, poster and special session papers may cover a wide variety of topics. Proposals that make creative use of the conference theme are especially welcome. Visit the conference webpage for a full listing of suggested topics and an explanation of the session formats.

A selection of the best papers from Raleigh and St. Petersburg will be published in special issues of the International Journal of Wildland Fire and Fire Safety Journal. IAFSS awards will also be given for the best paper, best applied paper, and best student paper in St. Petersburg.  Dr. Simeoni is on the steering committee of both Raleigh and St. Petersburg and the co-chair of the St. Petersburg edition.

March 18, 2013

 
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