Central and Eastern Europe Paleofire Workshop
Boris Vannière

5-8th December 2016 - Frankfurt am Main, Germany Natural and human-driven fire regime and early land-cover changes in Central and Eastern Europe Coordinator… Read More

Biomass Burning on the Rise Again
Jennifer Marlon

Levels of biomass burning in parts of the world are now higher than at any time in the past 22,000 years, according to our most recent fire history reconstructi… Read More

Wildland Fire Canada 2016

The Wildland Fire Canada 2016 conference is fast approaching and is looking for exciting and innovative presentations. This year’s theme - Building Resilience i… Read More

PhD opportunity, Besancon, France
Boris Vannière

The University of Bourgogne Franche-Comté (Eastern France) and the Chrono-environnement lab., in collaboration with the École Pratique des Hautes Études and l’I… Read More

Fire history Baselines by biome
Boris Vannière

September 25 – 29, 2016 (near Bordeaux, France) We are pleased to announce an open call for letters of interest to participate in a workshop on “Fire history… Read More


In the past decade, the Global Paleofire Working Group (GPWG) developed and analysed fire history records using the Global Charcoal Database (GCD), which advanced our understanding of the controls and impacts of fire in the Earth system on a wide range of spatial and temporal scales. The GPWG2 will meet the growing needs of interdisciplinary fire scientists and practitioners by developing research projects, in collaboration with stakeholders, that employ diverse data sources, a new open-access database, statistical tools, and state-of-the-art models to address questions about fire-regime variations and their feedbacks on species, ecosystems, and climate.

GPWG2 activities are organized into three Focus Groups (FG) and four Crosscutting Initiatives (CI), including a geographical challenge and early carrier researcher (ECR) project.

Focus Groups form the basis of the GPWG2 thematic research priorities:

– Fire baselines by biome
– Fire risk & management
– Fire & biodiversity conservation
Crosscutting Initiatives represent the background activities of the GPWG2 and serve as the strategic instruments of the Focus Groups:

– Asian & Africa paleofire challenge: an outreach and research initiative to support capacity building and research in these regions;
– Synthesis & database development;
– Paleofire data-model integration and links with other databases;
– The modern Global Charcoal Database (mGCD), an innovative project to develop a “bottom up” approach to fire proxy calibration, launched during the last GPWG workshop (Harvard Forest, October 2015).