Smoke and glowing embers dominate the forest as wildland firefighters battle the last of the flames of the Harding Fire in north east Saskatchewan. Photo by Joanne Francis on Unsplash

ScienceBrief recently published a new analysis of the impacts of climate change on wildfires. The CRESCENDO project is one of the funders for ScienceBrief

Over 115 papers were collated under the Brief “climate change increases the risk of wildfires”, collectively showing strong consensus. This updated ScienceBrief Review focuses on articles relevant to ongoing fires in the western United States; new findings relevant to the wildfires that raged in southeastern Australia in 2019-2020; and new findings published sine January 2020.  

The key messages from the analysis are:

  • Natural variability is superimposed on the increasingly warm and dry background conditions resulting from climate change, leading to more extreme fires and more extreme fire seasons.
  • Land management can enhance or compound climate-driven changes in wildfire risk, either through fuel reductions or fuel accumulation as unintended by-product of fire suppression. Fire suppression efforts are made more difficult by climate change.
  • There is an unequivocal and pervasive role of climate change in increasing the intensity and length in which fire weather occurs; land management is likely to have contributed too, but does not alone account for recent increases in wildfire extent and severity in the western US and in southeast Australia.

A pdf version is available here.

By Erviola, Edvi, Suela & Stela, from High school Zhani Ciko in Fier, Albania (members of the CRESCENDOschools Network). “Sometimes it may be difficult to communicate the urgency of climate change through science and the media, but we and our students can explore the power of art to mobilize the public and the great potential […]

8-12 Oct 2017, Toulouse, France

This year the CRESCENDO General Assembly took place at Meteo France Conference Centre in Toulouse, France. This meeting was extended with sessions in which first results and future plans of the 3 so-called LandMIPs (C4MIP, LUMIP, LS3MIP) of CMIP6 were discussed. Special thanks go to Roland Seferian, Sarah Berthet and Matthias Rocher for acting as local organisers and all their help to run a successful meeting. The main CRESCENDO meeting ran over three days (8th to 10th Oct 2018) with around 98 attendees from all CRESCENDO partners, International Advisory Board members and several International Collaborators The GA was followed on the 11th and 12th Oct by the LandMIPs meetings.  Simultaneously, also a NEMO meeting was organized in this week at Meteo France. The week agenda was as follow:

  • Monday 8 Oct: CRESCENDO main meeting.
  • Tuesday 9 Oct: CRESCENDO main meeting.
  • Wednesday 10 Oct: (i) Morning: CRESCENDO main meeting; (ii) Afternoon: Joint overview session of CRESCENDO, C4MIP, LUMIP and LS3MIP; and (iii) Evening: Public Outreach event in Toulouse downtown.
  • Thursday 11 Oct: Plenary LandMIP sessions / NEMO user group parallel meetings.
  • Friday 12 Oct: Parallel Q&A Land MIP sessions / Plenary NEMO-users session.

All presentations from the GA and full version of the meeting minutes and post-meeting survey results have now been made available on our Intranet.


Figure 1. Photos from the GA2018 in Toulouse and event announcements. Bottom left: panel of Experts at the Conference Grand Public, from left to right: Pierre Friedlingstein, Laurent Bopp, Hervé Douville, Sonia Seneviratne, Quentin Perrier and Catherine Jeandel. Read more