Extreme Wildfire Development: Why, Where and When?
Organizer: FM Global
|In recent years, extreme wildfires have claimed lives in Asia, Europe and North America. These fires can move much faster than current models predict and overwhelm communities and emergency response measures. They are not unique to any one geography and pose the potential of increasing in severity and frequency. Current scientific investigations indicate these fires are driven by a critical combination of dynamic fire behaviors and associated with tight coupling to the atmosphere and topology. In this session, experts representing a diverse group of stakeholders will assess these challenges by considering a number of scenarios relevant to different regions. You will be engaged by case studies designed to provoke your thinking and help you better understand the risk of these perils and what is driving such events.
Christopher Wieczorek. Ph.D., Vice president and manager of international codes and standards, FM Global
Janice Coen, Ph.D., Project Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research
Kevin Tolhurst, Ph.D., Honorary Associate Professor in Fire Ecology and Management in the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences, University of Melbourne based in Creswick
Domingos Viegas, Ph.D., President, Association for the Development of Industrial Aerodynamics (ADAI)