Canadian Forest Service Publications

Blueprint for wildland fire science in Canada (2019-2029). 2018. Sankey, S., Technical Coordinator. Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Northern Forestry Centre, Edmonton, AB. 45 p.

Year: 2018

Available from: Northern Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 39429

Language: English

CFS Availability: Order paper copy (free), PDF (download)

Abstract

The capacity of wildland fire science and technology in Canada is not keeping pace with the growing complexity of wildland fire. Fire seasons are becoming longer, fire events are becoming more severe, and experts predict that the area burned on an annual basis could double by the end of this century. However, wildfire research programs have declined, existing academic wildland fire science programs are limited, and a large cohort of experts has begun to retire. This research gap puts future public safety and security at risk. National wildland fire research capacity, which includes human resources, financial investments, and other supports for science, must be increased to inform the ways fire events are managed, communities are built, and preparations for emergencies are made. The Blueprint for Wildland Fire Science in Canada (2019–2029) presents a business case to increase investment in wildland fire science. Developed by a pan-Canadian team of experts, the Blueprint makes a number of recommendations to enhance the capacity of research over the coming decade.

Plain Language Summary

Wildfires are becoming bigger, more frequent, and more intense. Canada’s ability to adapt to this change will be based on science and technological innovation. However, wildfire research programs have declined and existing academic fire science programs are limited. This creates a research gap that puts future public safety and security at risk. Investments into wildland fire science and innovation are needed to better understand how wildfires are changing and how Canadians can prepare for and manage wildland fire events. The Blueprint for Wildland Fire Science in Canada (2019–2029) makes a number of recommendations to increase the capacity of wildland fire science and innovation in Canada. Recommendations focus on increasing the number of wildland fire researchers, improving the way scientific knowledge is shared and communicated, developing a national research agenda as a framework for future research activities, creating new partnerships, and recognizing and respecting Indigenous knowledge of wildland fire.

Also available under the title:
Plan directeur pour une science des feux de forêt au Canada (2019–2029). (French)

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