CLaSP Seminar Series - Prof. Mika Tosca
WHEN: February 21, 2019 3:30 pm-5:00 pm
Our guest for this week's CLaSP Seminar Series will be Prof. Mika Tosca of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Please join us!
Title: "A continent on the brink: How climate change and wildfire are reconstituting life in Africa"
Abstract: Human-set wildfires have long been a defining characteristic of the open savannas and grasslands of Africa. During the dry season, farmers and land managers burn small plots of land to eliminate expired crops, return nutrients to the soil, or to clear trees and brush for planting. In this talk, I present remote sensing observations which establish a cyclical link between drought and wildfire, and discuss how climate change has made (and will make) Africa hotter, and drier, and therefore more susceptible to destructive fire.