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NASA Google+ Hangout on Wildfire and Climate Change

NASA will host a Google+ Hangout at 1 p.m. EDT Friday, Aug. 9, about wildfire research and what a changing climate could mean for future fire activity in the United States.

A decades-long record from ground surveys and NASA satellites shows the fire season in the western United States is starting earlier in the spring and producing larger and more intense fires throughout the summer.

Is this a result of climate change, or are other factors involved? How do scientists anticipate a continued increase in global temperatures will influence the number and strength of wildfires?

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Panelists for the Google+ Hangout are:

  • Doug Morton, research scientist, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.
  • Bill Patzert, research scientist, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
  • Elizabeth Reinhardt, national program leader for fire research, research and development, Office of the Climate Change Advisor, U.S. Forest Service, Washington

The panelists will discuss the 2013 fire season so far, recent trends in U.S. and global wildfires, and what climate projections reveal about potential fire activity in the future.

The Hangout will be broadcast publicly via NASA Goddard’s YouTube and Google+ pages. The Hangout also will be carried live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

To join the Hangout, visit: http://bit.ly/1cgYO1e

Photo courtesy: NASA

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