The scientific contributions will continue to broaden and deepen the global fire community’s understanding of human-climate-fire relations through on multi-decadal to millennial scales and regional to global scale. The GPWG2 is disseminating this knowledge through the peer-reviewed literature, annual thematic workshops, quarterly email updates about working group activities, and participation in national and international meetings. We are increasing access to paleofire data for scientists and non-science stakeholders through a user-friendly web-based interface that will include new tools that will ease the uploading/downloading process and exploration of paleofire data.

Primary products of GPWG2 includes:

  • Scientific Contributions: Calibration of the fire proxy, exploration of fire regime responses changes in climate taking into account vegetation and human dimensions; such work will help to determine impacts on fire regimes and their legacy effects on ecosystem services, such as carbon and nutrient cycling, biodiversity and hydrology.
  • Dissemination of knowledge: Provide regional scale fire documentation as baseline information for modelers, ecologists, policy and decision makers.
  • Toolkit/Method development: new Global Charcoal Database architecture and interface (MySQL web-based design), plus version 4 of the GCD.
  • The paleofire R package (Articlewebsite and download | GitHub)
  • A special volume in Quaternary International about Paleofire science from the 2015 INQUA session.
  • A suite of publications from the final GPWG Harvard-Forest workshop (2015) and GPWG2 workshops (2016, 2017 and 2018).