Anthony L. Westerling

Sierra Nevada Research Institute
P.O. Box 2039
Merced, CA 95344
Ph: (209) 228-4099
Fx: (209) 228-4047

email: awesterling at ucmerced dot edu


Home
Climate Links
Affiliations
Publications
Presentations
Fire Data
Lab
Forecasts


Justin Bailie Photography

Presentations and Professional Activities

California Energy Commission, California Climate Action Team Public Meeting on California Climate Science, 20 April 2009, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA, Climate Change Impacts on Forestry and Wildfire, invited presentation.

Tahoe Science Consortium, 2009 Climate Change Symposium, 17 March 2009, Tahoe, CA, Climate Change Impacts on Wildfire, invited presentation.

Stanford University Bill Lane Center for the American West and Woods Institute for the Environment, How the West was Spun Colloquim, Wildfires in the West Forum, 15 January 2009, Stanford, CA, Projecting Climate Change Impacts on Wildfire, invited presentation.

American Geophysical Union, 2008 Fall Meeting, 16 December 2008, San Francisco, CA, Projecting Climate Change Impacts on Wildfire Probabilities, invited presentation.

International Association of Wildland Fire, The '88 Fires: Yellowstone and Beyond, 24 September 2008, Jackson Hole, WY, Climate Change and Forest Wildfire in the Western U.S., invited plenary presentation.

California Energy Commission, CalEPA and California Resources Agency, Fifth Annual California Climate Change Conference, 10 September 2008, Sacramento, CA, Mapping Vulnerability to Wildfire: Property Losses and Suppression Costs, invited presentation.

USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station, Sierra Nevada Science Symposium, 4 September 2008, Visalia, CA, Climate Change and Forest Wildfire in California, invited presentation.

California Energy Commission Public Interest Energy Research Climate Change Research Program and California Department of Fish and Game, Seminar on Climate Change and Ecological Resources in California, 6 June 2008, Sacramento, CA, Climate Change and Wildfire in California, invited presentation.

National Interagency Coordination Center 2008 Seasonal Assessment, 21 April 2008, Boulder, CO, Experimental Seasonal Wildfire Forecast for California, invited, with H. Preisler. Submitted electronic presentation in lieu of travel.

National Academy of Sciences Workshop on Strategic Advice on CCSP 19-20 March 2008, Boulder, Colorado, participant.

U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, 12 February 2008, Washington D.C., Hearing: Wildland Fire Management, invited testimony.

Environmental and Energy Study Institute Briefing, Effects of Climate Change on Forest Resources, 11 February 2008, Washington D.C., Climate Change Impacts on Western Forest Wildfire, invited briefing.

Association for Fire Ecology, Annual Awards Banquet Dinner, 30 January 2008, Tucson, AZ, Climate Change Impacts on Western Wildfire Regimes, invited keynote presentation.

American Geophysical Union, December 2007, San Francisco, CA, 'Re-evaluation of the spring onset/fire association in the western U.S. using Phenological vs. Hydrological Indices', contributed presentation.

California Air Resources Board, UC Merced, 28 November 2007, Merced, CA, 'Climate Applications for Wildfire'

National Academies Board Meeting, UC Irvine, 13 November 2007, Irvine, CA, 'The California Applications Program: Doing Science, in a Management Applications Context', invited presentation.

Spanish Royal Academy of Sciences, Fundacion Ramon Areces, Incendios forestales: lucha o adaptacion? 3 October 2007, Madrid, Spain, Climate Change Impacts on Fire Regimes, invited presentation. Honorarium.

U.S. Senate, Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Hearing on Impacts of Global Climate Change on Wildfire Activity in the United States, 24 September 2007, Washington D.C., invited testimony, with Dr. Swetnam.

Frontiers of Science and Engineering Seminar Series, Challenger Learning Center, Castle Science and Technology Center and Castle Air Museum, 15 September 2007, Atwater, California. Climate Change and Wildfire in the West, invited presentation.

U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, Oversight Hearing, 20 March 2007, Longworth House Office Building, Washington, DC, Towards a Clean Energy Future: Energy Policy and Climate Change on Public Lands, Invited testimony. Written Testimony

Manuscript Reviewer, International Journal of Wildland Fire, March 2007.

NOAA Regional Integrated Science and Assessment PI Meeting, 27 February - 1 March 2007, Del Mar, California. Invited participant and panelist (Panel: Evaluating the benefits that RISAs bring to a region/set of stakeholders).

Manuscript Reviewer, Ecology. February 2007.

American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting, Science and Technology for Sustainable Well-Being, 15-19 February 2007, San Francisco, CA, Controversies in Forest Fire Suppression and Management, Effects of Climate on Fire,‚ contributed presentation with Haiganoush Preisler. Co-presenter.

Rocky Mountain Research Station and National Interagency Fire Center Meeting: Suppression Cost Forecasting: Improving the Methodology,‚ 2 February 2007,

Pacific Southwest Research Station, Albany, CA. Invited to help organize development of improved fire suppression forecasts for Federal fire management.

Xunta de Galicia e Escola Galega de Administracion Publica, Xornadas Prevendo os Desastres Ambientais: Unha Reflexi√≥n Cr√≠tica, 18 January 2007, A influencia da variabilidade e o cambio clim√°ticos sobre os incendios no oeste dos EUA,‚ invited presentation. Honorarium. http://egap.xunta.es/detalleRecurso.php?id=254

Association for Fire Ecology, 3rd International Fire Ecology and Management Congress, 13-17 November 2006, San Diego, CA, Session: Advances in Fire Climatology: Using Modern and Paleofire Data to Understand Long-Term and Broad-Scale Fire Regime Changes in Western North America, Applied Dendrochronology for Fire Management in the Western United States, contributed presentation.

Association for Fire Ecology, 3rd International Fire Ecology and Management Congress, 13-17 November 2006, San Diego, CA, Plenary Session, Climate, Forest and Fire Regime Changes in the Western US, Thomas Swetnam presenting. Invited presentation co-author.

Climate Impacts Group, University of Washington, CIG Seminar Series, 9 November 2006, Seattle, WA, Climate and Forest Wildfire in the Western US,‚ invited seminar. http://www.cses.washington.edu/cig/outreach/seminarfiles/2006seminars/calendarfall06.shtml

GAO Workshop on the Impacts of Climate Change on Federal Lands, 2-3 November 2006, National Academies, Washington, DC, Forest Ecosystems Panel, Invited Panelist.

Modesto Junior College, Kick-back Science Seminar, 12 October 2006, Modesto, CA, Climate Change and Forest Wildfire in the Western US,‚ invited presentation.

American Meteorological Society Environmental Science Seminar Series: Drought, Water, Wildfires and Climate Change in the Western US - Historical Context and the Road Ahead,‚ 25 September 2006, Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC, Climate Change and Forest Wildfire in the Western US,‚ invited presentation. http://www.ametsoc.org/atmospolicy/environmentalsssarchives.html

Consortium for Integrated Climate Research on Western Mountains, MTNCLIM Workshop, 22 September 2006, Mt. Hood, OR, Explaining Spatial Variability in Forest Wildfire Regime Response to Warming Temperatures and an Earlier Spring Snowmelt, Contributed presentation with M. Dettinger, H. Hidalgo, T. Swetnam. http://www.fs.fed.us/psw/mtnclim/talks/list.shtml

California Energy Commission, 2nd Climate Change Science Workshop, 15 September 2006, Sacramento, CA, Climate and Forest Wildfire in the Western United States: recent trends and projections,‚ invited presentation. http://www.climatechange.ca.gov/events/2006_conference/presentations/index.html

7th International Conference on Dendrochronology, 15 June 2006, Beijing, China, Applied Dendrochronology for Fire Management in the Western United States, Invited presentation in Session 10: Applications of Dendrochronology to Resource Management. http://7thicd.ibcas.ac.cn/Final_Program.htm

Reviewer, journal manuscript, Canadian Journal of Forest Research, April 2006.

National Seasonal Assessment Workshop ‚ Western States and Alaska, 4 April 2006, Boulder, CO, Statistical Wildfire Forecasts for 2006: transition and uncertainty, invited presentation with H. Preisler.

Reviewer, journal manuscript, Global Ecology and Biogeography, March 2006.

NOAA Climate Prediction Applications Science Workshop: Research and Applications on Use and Impacts, 21 March 2006, Tucson, AZ, Evolving Partnerships for Integrating Climate and Forecast Information into Fire Management Planning,‚ presentation. http://www.nws.noaa.gov/ost/climate/STIP/CPASW06/

University of California, Merced Job Candidate Seminar, 8 March 2006, Merced, CA, Trends in Large Wildfires in Western U.S. Forests Since 1970: effects of changes in the timing of Spring, invited presentation.

Reviewer, journal manuscript, GGR Atmospheres, February 2006.

University of Arizona GRD/Udall Job Candidate Seminar, 17 January 2006, Tucson, AZ, Trends in Large Wildfires in Western U.S. Forests Since 1970: effects of changes in the timing of Spring, invited presentation.

California Climate Action Team Workshop, Scenario Analysis Subgroup Meeting, 13 December 2005, Sacramento, CA, Potential Impacts on Wildfire Risk,‚ invited presentation. http://www.climatechange.ca.gov/climate_action_team/meetings/2005-12-13_meeting/index.html

Climate Change Science Program Workshop, Climate Science in Support of Decision Making, 14 November 2005, Arlington, VA Climate Forecasts for Improving Management of Energy and Hydropower Resources in the Western U.S.,‚ presentation with T. Barnett, D. Pierce, E. Alfaro, A. Gershunov, D. Lettenmaier, A. Hamlet, N. Voisin, A. Steinemann, Ross Gutromson, Ning Lu. http://www.climatescience.gov/workshop2005/presentations/default.htm

Fire History and Climate Synthesis in Western North America, 30 April 2005, Flagstaff, AZ, 'Linking Modern and Paleo Fire and Climate Data,' plenary discussion leader with Thomas Swetnam.

Fire History and Climate Synthesis in Western North America, 30 April 2005, Flagstaff, AZ, 'Western North America Fire Occurrence Data,' invited presentation.

Fire History and Climate Synthesis in Western North America, 30 April 2005, Flagstaff, AZ, 'Climate and Wildfire in Western North America,' invited presentation with Thomas Swetnam and Daniel Cayan.

Reviewer, journal manuscript, Canadian Journal of Forest Research, June 2005

NOAA Office of Global Programs, RISA Speaker's Series, 15 April 2005, Silver Springs, MD, 'California's Vulnerability to Climate Variability and Change and CAP's Efforts to Assist Decision Makers on Water Resources, Wildfire and Human Health Issues,' invited presentation with Daniel Cayan.

Reviewer, journal manuscript, Western North American Naturalist, April 2005

National Interagency Coordination Center National Seasonal Assessment Workshop: Western States and Alaska 2005, 29 March 2005, Boulder, CO, 'Preliminary 2005 Forecast and Forecast Assessment,' invited presentation.

Consortium for Integrated Climate Research in Western Mountains, MNTCLIM 2005: Anticipating Challenges to Western Mountain Ecosystems and Resources, 1-4 March 2005, Pray, MT, 'Trends in Climate Since 1970 and the Response in High Elevation Forest Wildfire Regimes in the Western United States,' poster presentation with Daniel Cayan and Hugo Hidalgo.

American Meteorological Society AMS 2005 Annual Meeting, 11 January 2005, San Diego, CA, 'Coastal Southern California Wildfire, Antecedent Climate, and Santa Ana Winds,' presentation with Cayan, Brown, Hall, and Riddle. http://ams.confex.com/ams/Annual2005/techprogram/session_17945.htm

Reviewer, journal manuscript, Ecological Modelling, January 2005

Reviewer, journal manuscript, Ecological Applications, January 2005

American Geophysical Union AGU 2004 Fall Meeting, 16 December 2004, San Francisco, CA, 'Climate and Wildfire in the Mountains of the Western United States,' presentation with Eric Alfaro, Daniel Cayan, Michael Dettinger, and Hugo Hidalgo in session U51A: Challenges to Mountain Water Resources and Ecosystems I

American Geophysical Union AGU 2004 Fall Meeting, 16 December 2004, San Francisco, CA, 'A Long-Term Perspective on Decadal Variability in Climate and Wildfire in the Western United States,' presentation with Thomas Swetnam in Session B43E: Fire, Climate, and Ecosystems II

UCSD Department of Economics, UCSD Environmental Resource Group Weekly Luncheon Seminar, 18 October 2004, La Jolla, CA, presentation 'Seasonal Forecasts of Wildland Fire Area Burned and Suppression Costs for Fire Management Applications.'

Reviewer, journal manuscript, International Journal of Climatology, July 2004

Western Coalition of Arid States WESTCAS Summer Legislative Conference, 24 June 2004, San Diego, CA, invited presentation 'Drought and Wildfire in the Western U.S.'

Reviewer, journal manuscript, Journal of Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, June 2004

CIRCMONT Mountain Climate Sciences Symposium, 25 - 27 May 2004, North Lake Tahoe, CA, participant and discussion recorder, Session 3: Drivers of Change.

Risk Prediction Initiative Workshop: Fires at the Wildland-Urban Interface: What does the future hold? 19 May 2004, Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute, Hamilton, Bermuda, invited presentation: 'Antecedent Climate and Seasonal Wildfire Forecasting'

University of California Extension, Joint Meeting of the Oak Woodland, Forestry, Fire and Monitoring Workgroups, 5 - 6 May 2004, San Diego, CA, invited presentation: 'Climate and Wildfire in California'

Universidad de Alcala de Henares, 27 April 2004, Alcala, Spain, invited seminar: 'Towards a Long-Term Perspective on Wildfire in the Western United States'

II International Symposium on Fire Economics, Planning & Policy: A Global Vision, 20 - 22 April 2004, Cordoba, Spain, presentation: 'A Long-Term Perspective on Wildfire Season Severity in the Western United States', with Thomas Swetnam and Krista Gebert.

National Interagency Coordinating Center National Seasonal Assessment Workshop - Western States and Alaska, 30 March 2004, Phoenix, AZ, invited presentation: '2004 Wildfire Season: Statistical Forecasts of Area Burned'

21st Annual Pacific Climate Workshop: Coastal Climates and Issues, 28-29 March 2004, Asilomar, CA, paper presentation 'Coastal Southern California Wildfire, Antecedent Climate, and Santa Ana Winds' with Daniel Cayan, Tim Brown, Beth Hall, and Larry Riddle.

Scripps Environmental Advocates Monthly Meeting, 17 March 2004, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA, public lecture: 'Western Wildfire: Dimensions of the Problem.'

American Meteorological Society 5th Symposium on Fire and Forest Meteorology & Society of American Foresters 2nd International Fire Ecology and Fire Management Congress joint session: Assessing and Predicting Climate Impacts on Landscapes. 16 - 20 November 2003, Orlando Florida, paper presentation 'Long lead statistical forecasts of wildland fire suppression costs' with K. Gebert, G. Jones, K. Abt, J. Prestemon and A. Gershunov.

Twelve Thirty Club Luncheon Presentation, 22 October 2003, La Jolla Country Club, invited presentation 'Climate and Wildfire Management in the Western United States'

Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, 7th Occasional Conference on Environmental Economics, 17-18 October 2003, University of California, Santa Barbara, presentation 'Statistical Forecasts of Wildfire Area Burned and Suppression Costs'

Reviewer, journal manuscript, International Journal of Wildland Fire, June 2003

Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD Climate Science and Policy Seminar, 20 May 2003, La Jolla, CA, invited seminar 'Applied Climatology and Forecasting for Wildland Fire and Fuels Management'

California Firescope meeting, 16 April 2003, Sacramento, CA, conducted focus group on fire management decision calendars and the use of climate information.

20th Annual Pacific Climate Workshop, 6-9 April 2003, Asilomar, CA, paper presentation 'Statistical Reconstructions of Western U.S. Paleo Fire Regimes' with Thomas Swetnam

Joint Fire Science Program/National Fire Plan Wildland Fire Workshop, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, March 25-27, 2003, participant

NOAA OGP Regional Integrated Science and Assessment Annual Program Meeting, Scottsdale, AZ, March 11-13, 2003, participant

National Seasonal Assessment Workshop, sponsored by the National Interagency Coordinating Center - Predictive Services Group and the Climate Assessment for the Southwest, Mesa, AZ, February 25-28, 2003 invited presentation, 'Scripps Statistical Fire Forecasts'

The Seminar in Environmental and Resource Economics and Policy, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, Berkeley, CA, February 5, 2003, invited presentation, 'Statistical Modeling for Wildfire Management'

Reviewer, Grant Proposal, NOAA Office of Global Programs, Climate and Global Change Program, Global Carbon Cycle Element, November 2002

Climate Prediction Assessments Workshop: Research and Applications on Use and Impacts, Alexandria, VA, October 28-30, 2002, paper presentation 'A New Wildfire Climatology and Seasonal Forecasts for the Western U.S.: Developing and Implementing Tools for Fire and Resource Managers'

Sierra Nevada Science Symposium: Science for Management and Conservation, October 7-10, 2002, Lake Tahoe, California, poster presentation 'Climate and Wildfire in California and the western United States'

Reviewer, Two Grant Proposals, NOAA Human Dimensions of Global Change Research Program, October 2002

International Workshop on Regional Integrated Assessment of Climate Impacts, Il Ciocco, Castelvecchio Pascoli, Italy, 16-19 September 2002, presentation 'A new wildfire climatology and seasonal forecasts for the western U.S.: Tools for fire and resource managers.'

Reviewer, Grant Proposal, NOAA Climate and Global Change Program, Climate Change Data and Detection, August 2002

Southeast Fire and Climate Workshop, University of S. Florida Oceanographic Institute, June 25-17, St. Petersburg, FL, invited presentation 'Economic importance of utilizing climate information for fire management.'

American Meteorological Society, San Diego Chapter Meeting, 24 April 2002, La Jolla, CA, public seminar 'Fire and Climate in the Western United States.'

Fire and Climate History in Western North and South America Workshop, Laboratory for Tree Ring Research, 23-28 March 2002, Tucson, AZ, invited presentation 'Integrating Modern and Reconstructed Fire Histories for the Western United States for a Wildfire Climatology.'

Working meeting, U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station, Economics Research Unit, 13-15 March 2002, Research Triangle Park, NC, invited presentation 'A Seasonal Wildfire Area Burned Forecast for the Western U.S.'; collaboration 'A research agenda: the value of wildfire season severity forecasts for fuels management.'

Association of American Geographers annual meeting, Society, Fire, Climate and Ecosystems in North America session, 20 March 2002, presentation 'Modeling Sierra Nevada Wildfire Season Severity and Suppression Costs under a Climate Change Scenario.'

Fire in the West: A Climate/Fuels Assessment, Outlook, and Research Symposium hosted by the Institute for the Study of Planet Earth, the Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS), the Laboratory for Tree Ring Research, the Program for Climate Ecosystem and Fire Applications (CEFA) and the National Weather Service Tucson Weather Forecast Office, 5-6 March 2002, Tucson, AZ, invited presentation 'A Seasonal Wildfire Area Burned Forecast for the Western U.S.'

Predictive Sciences Research Meeting, National Interagency Fire Center, 23 January 2002, Boise, ID, invited presentation 'Statistical Forecasts of Western Wildfire Season Severity'

American Geophysical Union 2001 Fall Meeting, 10-14 December 2001, San Francisco, CA, poster presentation 'Modeling Sierra Nevada Wildfire Season Severity And Suppression Costs Under A Climate Change Scenario'

American Meteorological Society Fourth Symposium on Fire and Forest Meteorology, 13-15 November 2001, Reno, NV, paper presentation 'Statistical Forecasts of Western Wildfire Season Severity'

Reviewer, Grant Proposal, NOAA Climate and Global Change Program, Human Dimensions of Global Change Research Program, November 2001

18th Annual Pacific Climate Workshop, 24-27 March 2001, Asilomar, CA, paper presentation 'Statistical Forecasts of Wildfire Season Severity using Cannonical Correlation Analysis'

18th Annual Pacific Climate Workshop, 24-27 March 2001, Asilomar, CA, poster presentation 'Climate Variability and Large Storm Surge on the Pacific Coast of the United States'

18th Annual Pacific Climate Workshop, 24-27 March 2001, Asilomar, CA, poster presentation 'A Western United States Fire Climatology'

CLIMAS 2001 Fire and Climate Workshops 14-16 February 2001, Tuscon, AZ, paper presentation, 'Climatology of Western Wildfire and Experimental Long-Range Forecasts of Wildfire Season Severity'

81st American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting 14-19 January 2001, Albuquerque, NM, poster presentation 'Climate Variability and Large Storm Surge on the Pacific Coast of the United States'

81st American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting 14-19 January 2001, Albuquerque, NM, poster presentation 'A Western United States Fire Climatology'

American Geophysical Union 2000 Fall Meeting, 15-19 December 2000, San Francisco, CA, poster presentation 'A Western United States Fire Climatology'

Reviewer, Journal Manuscript, for Journal of Climate, June 2000

16th Annual Pacific Climate Workshop, 24-27 May 1999, Two Harbors, CA, paper presentation 'El Ni√Īo and One Hundred Years of Storm Surges in the Northeast Pacific'