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Date:
October 5, 2021
Time:
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location:

Streaming online through NASA Langley

Address:
https://colloqsigma.larc.nasa.gov/
Hampton, VA
Cost:
Free
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Sigma Series — Earth on Fire: Fire Weather and Climate Interconnectivity

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

With all wildfires in recent news, have you ever wondered if the fires are normal or related to climate? Dr. Amber Soja will discuss the local to global feedbacks of fire and smoke. Over the last decade, extreme fires have been in the news, and every year, we hear reports of the ‘worst’ fire season in terms of lives lost, infrastructure, communities and burned area. As climate changes, NASA’s Earth observations, research, models, and science are critical to understanding feedbacks with climate systems and important to improving our preparation for climate risk, mitigation and adaptation. Soja has taken part in and led numerous interdisciplinary, national and international field campaigns that investigate satellite-defined fire behavior and emissions, and the feedbacks between fire, the biosphere, weather and climate, from remote Siberia to western fires and lesser-known small and prescribed fires.

Amber J. Soja earned her Ph.D. in environmental sciences from the University of Virginia in 2004. She is an associate research fellow at the National Institute of Aerospace and is resident in the Climate Science and Chemistry and Dynamics Branches of Atmospheric Sciences at the NASA Langley Research Center. She has 25 years of research experience in using remotely sensed and GIS data to explore the interactions between fire, the biosphere, and atmosphere, as our weather and climate change. She has taken part in and led numerous interdisciplinary, national and international field campaigns that investigated satellite-defined fire behavior and emissions, and the feedbacks between fire, the biosphere, weather and climate, primarily in remote Siberia (e.g., FireBear, INTEX-A, INTEX-B, TexAQS, ARCTAS and FIREX-AQ).

Amber served as an Associate Program Manager for the NASA Applied Sciences Program, Wildland Fire, at NASA Head Quarters, and she served as the NASA Langley Research Center Disasters Coordinator, directing NASA resources to serve disasters when a global Charter Activation was initiated, with a specific focus on wildfires and volcanoes. She has worked closely with the Environmental Protection Agency to incorporate multiple satellite platforms in our nation’s biomass burning National Emissions Inventory (NEI), which extend the benefit of NASA data and products to outside agencies.

In her spare time, Amber adores being outside: hiking, gardening, walking, water activities, snow skiing, and hanging with her furry friends.

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