A session led by SEI Scientist Jeanne Fernandez and Senior Scientist Bart Wickel at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union on 13 December seeks to review scientific research and adaptive management strategies addressing the linkages between wildfires and water resources.

In recent decades, wildfires have increased in frequency and severity worldwide due to the combined effects of natural fire dynamics, human-induced fires and climate change. These wildfires have resulted in the loss of millions of hectares of vegetation cover and affects both hydrological processes and water quality in ways we do not fully understand.

To discuss how forest and wildfire management could better account for potential changes in regional water balances and the availability of clean water resources, we welcome contributions about:

  • quantitative studies of the impacts of forest fires and deforestation on catchment scale hydrology and water quality;
  • management and governance solutions that enhance collaboration between water sector authorities and land managers; and
  • integrating local and indigenous knowledge into studies of forest and water linkages.

A separate online poster discussion will also be held on 14 December 2021.


  • SEI
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • US Army Corps of Engineers

SEI events at AGU Fall Meeting 2021

Papers with SEI authors

13 December 2021

13:15 – 13:20 CST, Convention Center – Room 231-232

13:36 – 13:43 CST, Convention Center – Room 208-210

16 – 18 CST, Convention Center – Poster Hall, D-F

14 December 2021

14:00 – 15:00 CST, Online – Poster Discussions #7

16:00 – 18:00 CST, Convention Center – Poster Hall, D-F

16 December 2021

16:00 – 18:00 CST, Convention Center – Poster Hall, D-F

17 December 2021

13:43 – 13:51 CST, Convention Center – Room 252-254