Mike Flannigan

Professor (Wildland Fire), Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Renewable Resources Dept

Contact

Professor (Wildland Fire), Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Renewable Resources Dept
Email
mike.flannigan@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 248-2033
Address
751 General Services Building
9007 - 116 St NW
EdmontonAB
T6G 2H1

Overview

About

Job/Research Area: Wildland Fire.

Awards

  • Service award for media interaction during the Fort McMurray wildfire (University of Alberta, May 2016).
  • International Association for Wildland Fire – 2008 – Service Award for his work as the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Wildland Fire 2002-2008.
  • Natural Resources Canada – Departmental Award 1997 for his role in the International Crown Fire Modelling Experiment

Research

Major Responsibilities/Research Interests

Dr Mike Flannigan is a professor with the Department of Renewable Resources at the University of Alberta and the Director of the Western Partnership for Wildland Fire Science located at the University of Alberta.. He received his BSc (Physics) from the University of Manitoba, his MS (Atmospheric Science) from Colorado State University and his PhD (Plant Sciences) from Cambridge University. Mike also completed Meteorologist course MT35 with Environment Canada and worked as a meteorologist for a few years. After that, Mike worked as a physical scientist, research scientist and senior research scientist with the Canadian Forest Service until his recent departure. Dr. Flannigan's primary research interests include fire and weather/climate interactions including the potential impact of climatic change, lightning-ignited forest fires, landscape fire modelling and interactions between vegetation , fire and weather. He was the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Wildland Fire (2002-2008) and has taken on leadership roles with the US National Assessment on Global Change, IPCC, IGBP Fire Fast Track Initiative and Global Change Terrestrial Ecosystems (GCTE) efforts on the global impacts of fire.

Publications

Wildfire smoke and public health risk

Author(s): Reisen, F., Duran, S.M., Flannigan, M.D., Elliott, C., and Rideout, K.
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: International Journal of Wildland Fire
Volume: 24
Page Numbers: 1029-1044

Moderate drop in water table increases peatland vulnerability to post-fire regime shift

Author(s): Kettridge, N., Turetsky, M., Sherwood, J., Thompson, D., Miller, C., Benscoter, B., Flannigan, M., Wotton, M. and Waddington, M.
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: Scientific Reports
Volume: 5
Page Numbers: 8063

Increasing frequency of extreme fire weather in Canada with climate change

Author(s): Wang, X., Thompson, D.K., Marshall, G.A., Tymstra, C., Carr, R. and Flannigan, M.D.
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: Climatic Change
Volume: 130
Page Numbers: 573-586

Development of a Global Fire Weather Database

Author(s): Field, R.D., Spessa, A.C. Aziz, N.A. Camai, A. Cantin, A., Carr, R., de Groot, W.J. Dowdy, A.J. Flannigan, M.D., Manomaiphiboon, K., Pappenberger, F., Tanpipat, V. and Wang, X.
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: Natural Hazards Earth Systems Science
Volume: 15
Page Numbers: 1407-1423

Global patterns in fire leverage: the response of annual area burnt to previous fire

Author(s): Price, O.J., Pausas, J.G., Govender, G., Flannigan, M.D., Fernandes, P.M., Brooks, M.L. and Bird, R.B.
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: International Journal of Wildland Fire
Volume: 24
Page Numbers: 297-306

Fire in arctic tundra of Alaska: past fire activity, future fire potential, and significance for land management and ecology

Author(s): French, N., Jenkins, L., Loboda, T., Flannigan, M.D., Jandt, R., Bourgeau-Chavez, L., and Whitley, M.
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: International Journal of Wildland Fire
Volume: 24
Page Numbers: 1045-1061

Fire Evolution split by continent. News and Views.

Author(s): Flannigan, M.D.
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: Nature Geoscience.

An analysis of controls on fire activity in boreal Canada: comparing models built with different temporal resolutions

Author(s): Parisien, M-A., Parks, S.A., Krawchuk, M.A., Little, J.M., Flannigan, M.D., Gowman, L.M., and Moritz, M.A.
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: Ecological Applications
Volume: 24
Page Numbers: 1341-1356
External Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/13-1477.1

Wildfires in boreal ecoregions: evaluating the power law assumption and intra- and inter-annual variations

Author(s): Lehsten, V., de Groot, W.J., Flannigan, M.D., Charles, G.T. and Balzter H.
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: JGR –Biogeosciences
Volume: 119
Page Numbers: 14-23

The potential and realized spread of wildfires across Canada

Author(s): Wang, X., Parisien, M-A., Flannigan. M.D., Parks, S.A. Anderson, K.R. Little, J.M. and Taylor, S.W.
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: Global Change Biology
Volume: 20
Page Numbers: 2518-2530

Area burned in Portugal over the last decades: an extreme value analysis

Author(s): Scotto, M. G., Gouveia, S., Carvalho, A., Monteiro, A., Martins, V., Flannigan, M., San Miguel-Ayanz, J., Miranda, A.I. and C. Borrego
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: International Journal of Wildland Fire
Volume: 23
Page Numbers: 812-824
External Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/WF13104

.Exploring the role of fire, succession, climate, and weather on landscape dynamics using comparative modeling

Author(s): Keane, R., Cary, G., Flannigan, M., Parsons, R., Davies, I., King, K., Li, C., Bradstock, R., and Gill, A.M.
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: Ecological Modelling
Volume: 266
Page Numbers: 172-186

Global wildland fire season severity in the 21st century

Author(s): Flannigan, M.D. Cantin, A.S. de Groot, W.J. Wotton, M. Newbery, A. and Gowman, L.M.
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: Forest Ecology and Management
Volume: 294
Page Numbers: 64-71

Climate change impacts on future boreal fire regimes

Author(s): de Groot, W.J., Flannigan, M.D., and Cantin, A.S.
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: Forest Ecology and Management
Volume: 294
Page Numbers: 35-44

Anticipating the consequences of climate change for Canada’s boreal forest ecosystems

Author(s): Price, D.T., Alfaro, R.I. Brown, K.J., Flannigan, M.D., Fleming, R.A., Hogg, E.H., Girardin, M.P., Lakusta, T., Johnston, M., McKenney, D.W., Pedlar, J., Stratton, T. Sturrock, R. Thompson, I., Trofymow, J.A. and Venier, L.A.
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: Environmental Reviews
Volume: 21
Page Numbers: 322-365

An Introduction to Canada’s boreal zone: ecosystem processes, health, sustainability and environmental issues

Author(s): Brandt, J.P., Flannigan, M.D., Maynard, D., Thompson, I. and Volney, W.J.A.
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: Environmental Reviews
Volume: 21
Page Numbers: 207-226

A comparison of Canadian and Russian boreal forest fire regimes

Author(s): de Groot, W.J., Cantin, A.S., Flannigan, M.D., Soja, A.J., Gowman, L.M. and Newbery, A
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: Forest Ecology and Management
Volume: 294
Page Numbers: 23-34

Examining the utility of the Canadian Forest Fire Weather Index System in Canadian Boreal Peatlands

Author(s): Waddington, J.M. Thompson, D.K. Wotton, M. Quinton, W.L. Flannigan, M.D. Benscoter, B.W. Baisley, S.A. and Turetsky, M.R.
Publication Date: 2012
Publication: Canadian Journal of Forest Research
Volume: 42
Page Numbers: 47-58

Forest fires in a changing climate and their impacts on air quality

Author(s): Carvalho, A. Monteiro, A. Flannigan, M. Solman, S. Miranda, A.I. and Borrego, C.
Publication Date: 2011
Publication: Atmosphere Environment.
Volume: 45
Page Numbers: 5545-5553.

Interactive effects of vegetation, soil moisture and bulk density on depth of burning of thick organic soils

Author(s): Benscoter, B.W., Thompson, D.K., Waddington, J.M., Flannigan, M.D., Wotton, B.M., de Groot, W.J. and Turetsky, M.R.
Publication Date: 2011
Publication: International Journal of Wildland Fire
Volume: 20
Page Numbers: 418-429

Prediction of Seasonal Forest Fire Severity in Canada from Large-Scale Climate Patterns

Author(s): Shabbar, A., Skinner, W. and Flannigan, M.
Publication Date: 2011
Publication: Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology
Volume: 50
Page Numbers: 785-799

Scale-dependent controls on the area burned in the boreal forest of Canada, 1980-2005

Author(s): Parisien, M-A., Parks, S.A., Krawchuk, M.A., Flannigan, M.D., Bowman, L.M., and Moritz, M.A.
Publication Date: 2011
Publication: Ecological Applications
Volume: 21
Page Numbers: 789-805

The association between Northern Hemisphere climate patterns and interannual variability in Canadian wildfire activity

Author(s): Beverly, J.L. Flannigan, M.D. Stocks, B.J. and Bothwell, P.
Publication Date: 2011
Publication: Canadian Journal of Forest Research
Volume: 41
Page Numbers: 2193-2201