New GPWG Policy Brief released: Informing fire policy and biodiversity conservation
Daniele Colombaroli

2019/20 have been exceptional years for highly devastating, catastrophic fires. The destructive Amazon rainforest and Australian fires got attention in the med… Read More

The GPWG at INQUA 2019
Daniele Colombaroli

  The GPWG2 is looking forward to the @INQUADUB19! Our session "A new age of Paleofire research: Insights from the past and challenges for the future" is on… Read More

fire Special Issue: Land-Use and Fire around the World from the Past to the Present

A special issue of Fire (ISSN 2571-6255) is open for submission with GPWG members Julie Aleman, Olivier Blarquez and Boris Vannière as guest editors. Follow tha… Read More

GCD 4.0.2 and paleofire 1.2.2

We are please to announce that the GCD and paleofire R packages have been updated to their 4.0.2 and 1.2.2 versions, respectively. GCD major update from 3.X… Read More

Applying paleofire records in ecological management

We are very glad to share the last report from the Montreal Workshop that is now published in Wildfire Magazine. WORKSHOP REPORT: Applying paleofire records… Read More

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In the past decade, the Global Paleofire Working Group (GPWG) developed and analysed fire history records using the Global Charcoal Database (GCD), which advanced our understanding of the controls and impacts of fire in the Earth system on a wide range of spatial and temporal scales. The GPWG2 will meet the growing needs of interdisciplinary fire scientists and practitioners by developing research projects, in collaboration with stakeholders, that employ diverse data sources, a new open-access database, statistical tools, and state-of-the-art models to address questions about fire-regime variations and their feedbacks on species, ecosystems, and climate.

GPWG2 activities are organized into three Focus Groups (FG) and four Crosscutting Initiatives (CI), including a geographical challenge and early carrier researcher (ECR) project.

Focus Groups form the basis of the GPWG2 thematic research priorities:

– Fire baselines by biome
– Fire risk & management
– Fire & biodiversity conservation
Crosscutting Initiatives represent the background activities of the GPWG2 and serve as the strategic instruments of the Focus Groups:

– Asian & Africa paleofire challenge: an outreach and research initiative to support capacity building and research in these regions;
– Synthesis & database development;
– Paleofire data-model integration and links with other databases;
– The modern Global Charcoal Database (mGCD), an innovative project to develop a “bottom up” approach to fire proxy calibration, launched during the last GPWG workshop (Harvard Forest, October 2015).