Forest fires in Fennoscandia under changing climate and forest cover (IBA-ForestFires)

This project synthetizes the current knowledge of the occurrence, monitoring, modeling and extinction of forest fires in Fennoscandia and surrounding regions. In addition, the project investigates how forest fires can promote black carbon emissions over Arctic. The results will help Arctic societies to prepare for the negative impacts of climate change and support the development of efficient mitigation strategies.

Forest fires

Project description

Recent fires near Finland have shown that forest fires can strongly impact human activities in Fennoscandia. Moreover, in the future conditions are expected to become increasingly favorable for forest fires due to climate change.

IBA-ForestFires project synthetizes the current knowledge of the occurrence, monitoring, modeling and extinction of forest fires in Fennoscandia and surrounding regions. In addition, the project investigates how forest fires can promote black carbon emissions over Arctic. The results will help Arctic societies to prepare for the negative impacts of climate change and support the development of efficient mitigation strategies.

  • The project will produce a comprehensive report on key issues related to forest fires in a situation where climate and forest structure are expected to rapidly change.
  • In addition, an international meeting will be organized at the end of 2020, where the key findings of the project will be presented for the scientific community, policy makers and other relevant sectors.

The project is part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland IBA funding scheme that promotes the collaboration between Baltic, Barents and Arctic regions.

Project information

Funding: Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland (MFA of Finland)

Duration: 9/2019–02/2021

Coordinator: Finnish Meteorological Institute

Partners: Ministry for the Interior – Rescue Services, Natural Resources Institute Finland, Emergency Services Academy Finland, Häme and Lapland Universities of Applied Sciences

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Contact

Research professor Juha Aalto, tel. +358 50 409 0963

Senior researcher Ari Venäläinen, tel.  +358 503 137 185

email: forename.surname@fmi.fi