Are recent extreme fire seasons in BC attributable to human-induced climate change?

Nathan Gillett, Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis, Climate Research Division, ECCC
November 21, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm


Blusson Hall 10011 - SFU Burnaby Campus
8888 University Drive
Burnaby , BC


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In 2018, a record 1.3 million hectares burned in British Columbia's extreme wild fire season. This surpassed the previous year’s record of 1.2 million hectares that blazed across the province. Both fire seasons had major impacts on air quality, forest management and infrastructure across BC.

Join Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS), Climate Futures Initiative and SFU's Faculty of Environment for a research seminar to discuss how modelling results by experts from Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) link to anthropogenic climate change. The results also confirm previous projections that such extreme fire seasons will become more frequent in the future with implications for forest management and climate change adaptation.

WHEN: Nov. 21 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: Blusson Hall 10011 - SFU Burnaby Campus


Nathan Gillett holds a PhD in atmospheric physics from the University of Oxford. After his doctorate, Nathan worked as a post-doc at the University of Victoria on the detection and attribution of climate change, before being appointed as a lecturer then reader at the Climatic Research Unit of the University of East Anglia in the UK. In 2008, Nathan returned to Canada to work as a research scientist at the Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis (CCCma), where he subsequently served as manager from 2014 to 2018. His primary research interests are in detection and attribution of climate change, and the influence of stratospheric ozone depletion on climate. He served as a Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth and Fifth Assessment Reports and of the 2014 WMO/UNEP Ozone Assessment, and is a Convening Lead Author of the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report. He is a member of the PICS executive committee and an adjunct professor at Simon Fraser University.


This event will be webcast.