FURNACES is a multi-institute, international collaboration seeking to combine fieldwork, statistical approaches, and process-based modeling to understand vegetation fires in their socio-natural context, including how they are driven by and affect human activity and well-being.
I was a co-PI in FURNACES during my time at KIT, involved in three research threads:
- Explore how changes in future fire regime will affect society by combining new datasets on vulnerability with new fire model projections.
- Test the effectiveness, trade-offs, and co-benefits of forest fire management techniques in future climate scenarios using the LPJ-GUESS vegetation and fire model.
- Integrate new formulations of the effect of humans on fire frequency (developed by other working groups in FURNACES) into LPJ-GUESS, with the goal of testing whether they improve performance.
Funding for FURNACES is provided by the German and Austrian national research foundations (Germany: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft; Austria: Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung). See DFG project details here.
- Modelling human-fire interactions: combining alternative perspectives and approaches
- Quantitative assessment of fire and vegetation properties in simulations with fire-enabled vegetation models from the Fire Model Intercomparison Project
- Spatiotemporal dynamics of ecosystem fires and biomass burning-induced carbon emissions in China over the past two decades
- The status and challenge of global fire modelling
- Trends and Variability of Global Fire Emissions Due To Historical Anthropogenic Activities