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How NERC science can help

NERC science can assist wildfire management by improving our understanding of, for instance:

  • how climate change may change wildfire frequency and magnitude, and how fires affect climate
  • how past fire regimes were related to climate and land management
  • how wildfires affect air quality
  • how wildfires affect carbon budgets
  • how fire ecology explains the complex relationships between fire, vegetation, soil, climate and people, including how managed fire and wildfire affect biodiversity
  • how remote sensing from satellites and aircraft can be used to detect where and when fires occur, fire intensity and the severity of their impact on soil and vegetation

NERC has invested approximately £4 million in fire-related research, much of it overseas. KfWf aims to show how we can learn from this, including fire-related research in other countries.

We also aim to show where new research is needed for the UK. The FIRES seminar series policy brief (PDF, 430KB) identified knowledge gaps for the UK.  New research is beginning to fill these gaps, but many are still current. KfWf is working to facilitate new partnership research in these areas. 

Link to: Researcher Database

Benefits of project

For end-users:

  • Access to NERC-funded science and expertise;
  • Opportunities to influence the research agenda;
  • Add value to Incident Recording System (IRS) and other user data.

For researchers:

  • Benefit from end-users' expertise and data;
  • Increase the impact of your research;
  • Find out what new research end-users really want.

For both:

  • Links into other networks;
  • Build partnerships for funding applications;
  • Improve the evidence base for management, policy making and funding applications.