Major study highlights five critical challenges — ScienceDaily

As wildfires cause increasing devastation worldwide, dozens of fire experts across the nation are joining together in calling for a more strategic and interdisciplinary approach to pursuing wildfire research and protecting vulnerable communities. A new study, led by a scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and co-authored by 86 other fire experts […]

Markers for inflammation, cardiac regulation — ScienceDaily

New research linking air pollution data from federal monitors in the Sacramento area of California, including during significant fires, is showing ill effects of pollution exposure among children, a new University of California, Davis, study suggests. Blood samples show that children have elevated markers of inflammation, such as interleukin 6, if they were exposed to […]

Smoke from Western wildfires can influence Arctic sea ice — ScienceDaily

Sea ice and wildfires may be more interconnected than previously thought, according to new research out today in Science Advances. By digging into differences between climate models, researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) found that soot and other burned biomass from wildfires here in Colorado and […]

Western US wildfire smoke plumes are getting taller — ScienceDaily

In recent years the plumes of smoke crawling upward from Western wildfires have trended taller, with more smoke and aerosols lofted up where they can spread farther and impact air quality over a wider area. The likely cause is climate change, with decreased precipitation and increased aridity in the Western U.S. that intensifies wildfire activity. […]

New methodology helps predict soil recovery after wildfires — ScienceDaily

Soils influence water quality, and they are critical to plant growth. However, it has been difficult to predict how plant growth and water quality would change in the wake of wildfires. Now, a team of Colorado investigators has devised new methodology to enable such predictions. The research is published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, a […]

How ‘green islands’ help forests regenerate after fire — ScienceDaily

Due to climate change, high-elevation forests in the Central Cascade mountains of the Pacific Northwest are burning more frequently and expansively than in the recent past, prompting researchers and fire managers to question whether forests will be able to recover from these emerging fire patterns and whether they will require human assistance to do so. […]