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Image 1 - Aerial Robot System Can Save Firefighter Lives
2011-11-09 13:43:55

A system built by University of Cincinnati experts around an unmanned aerial vehicle has faced a real-world test in a West Virginia controlled forest burn, and proved its usefulness. Wildfires kill and, too often, fatalities are caused by a lack of situational awareness, said Kelly Cohen. Timely information can prevent wildfire deaths, especially among first responders, said Cohen, associate professor of aerospace engineering & engineering mechanics at the University of Cincinnati....

Image 1 - Drying Intensifies Wildfires, Carbon Release Ninefold
2011-11-02 03:59:05

Drying of northern wetlands has led to much more severe peatland wildfires and nine times as much carbon released into the atmosphere, according to new research led by a University of Guelph professor. The study, published today in Nature Communications, is the first to investigate the effect of drainage on carbon accumulation in northern peatlands and the vulnerability of that carbon to burning. "Russia, Indonesia and Canada all have abundant peatlands, but they also have been hotspots...

Image 1 - NASA Takes A Look Back At A Decade Of Fires
2011-10-20 04:36:48

[ Watch the Video ] NASA's latest Earth-observing satellite, the NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP), is scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base on Oct. 28 to extend key environmental data records established by an earlier generation of NASA satellites. To mark the launch, we are looking back at one of the scientific legacies NPP will build upon: the global fire data record. An instrument on NPP called the Visible Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) will extend this...

2011-10-15 07:00:00

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2011-09-22 07:00:00

With over 25,000 injured in fires each year and an estimated $8.6 billion annually in property damage, wildfire safety and preparedness can save residents located in vulnerable areas not only their homes, but very possibly their lives. The following safety tips are a must-read for those residing in wildfire prone areas. Neptune, NJ (PRWEB) September 22, 2011 According to FEMA over 4,000 Americans die and over 25,000 are injured in fires each year. Property loss as a result of wildfires is...

Historical Link Between Humans, Fire Investigated
2011-09-15 11:59:21

  Mankind's relationship with fire, and the ways people have historically used and managed these flames, are among the topics covered by a team of international researchers in a new study, published in Wednesday's edition of the Journal of Biogeography. According to the National Science Foundation (NSF), "Fires have continuously occurred on Earth for at least the last 400 million years. But since the 1970s, the frequency of wildfires has increased at least four-fold, and the total...

Tree Rings Provide Information About Past Forest Fires
2011-09-08 04:39:30

  A researcher from Texas A&M University had published research showing how tree rings can provide clues to events such as forest fires, some of which might date back hundreds of years. According to a September 7 press release from the College Station university, Associate Geography Professor Charles Lafon has worked with forests in the southern and central Appalachian Mountains. In fact, he states that he had identified one tree which allegedly had experienced more than a...

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2011-08-08 14:49:44

Primary succession on the slopes University of Guam ecologist Thomas Marler recently mobilized efforts to characterize the vegetation that has recovered following the eruption of Mount Pinatubo, Philippines. "My interest was sparked by the paradox that this volcano's cataclysmic 1991 eruption was so powerful it changed global climate, yet after a full 15 years the biology of the recovering ecosystem had not been studied," said Marler. The void of research motivated the Guam ecologist to spend...

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2011-07-26 05:00:00

A U.S. study said on Monday that climate change is likely to cause more frequent wildfires and may transform the forests and ecosystem of the iconic Yellowstone national park in the next few decades. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), said Yellowstone will be filled with open spaces, grasslands and forests populated by different kinds of fir trees and shrubs in the future. The study said that fires like the historic one in 1988 that ate up...


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