Dr Pep Canadell ‘The rise of mega forest fires under climate change and what to do about it.’

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Thursday, 3 November 2022 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Pep, a Chief Research Scientist at CSIRO, will discuss recent trend analyses on fire activity in Australian forests and their close links to human-caused climate change, along with limited options to reduce the rising impacts of wildfires.


Australia has always had big forest fires, as it has had floods and droughts. However, something is changing in ways that we haven’t quite seen before. Pep will discuss recent trend analyses on fire activity in Australian forests and show that the observed increased in both long-term trends of burned area and megafires are closely linked to human-caused climate change. We have some, but limited, options to reduce the rising impacts of wildfires, beyond doing our global share of emission reductions.


Dr. Pep Canadell is a chief research scientist at the CSIRO Climate Science Centre and the executive director of the Global Carbon Project, a global consortium of scientists studying the impacts of greenhouse gas emissions in the earth system. He also studies the response of terrestrial ecosystems to rapid climate change and extremes events, including fire.

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