B.C. declared a state of emergency Wednesday due to the ongoing wildfire situation. The state of emergency will be in place for 14 days, and may be extended or rescinded as necessary.
UBC experts are available to discuss wildfires in B.C., poor air quality and associated health risks.
Dr. Chris Carlsten
Faculty of Medicine
- Respiratory problems from air quality and smoke
School of Population and Public Health
- Wildfire smoke and health effects
- Preparing for wildfire smoke
*Sarah Henderson is in Toronto, and available by phone
PhD candidate, School of Population and Public health
- Health effects of forest fire smoke exposure
*Available for interviews in Mandarin and Cantonese
Department of Mechanical Engineering
- Assessment of air pollutants using high-resolution monitoring networks
- Role of new transportation technology (e.g., LNG, connected vehicles) on air and climate
*Unavailable August 23 – September 14.
Department of Forest Management Resources
- How forest fires behave
- Ecological implications of wildfires
- Wildfire management
- Managing forests as whole ecosystems
- “FireSmart” concept
*David Andison is in Nelson, B.C., and is available by cell or Skype.
Department of Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics and Statistics (Okanagan campus)
- Using statistical analysis in fire science
- Assessing firefighter pilot fatigue
Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences
- Forest fires, past and present
- Impacts of climate change on forests
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (Okanagan campus)
- Effects of fire on soils, water and ecosystems
- Rehabilitation measures to prevent flood/erosion damage after wildfires