In the spring and early summer of 2023, smoke from boreal forest fires severely impacted regions of North America that rarely experience it. Millions of people in the northeast United States and eastern Canada were affected by smoke in a manner that is much more familiar to residents of western North America, contributing to disruptions to outdoor activities and widespread adverse health effects. Join this lunch-time presentation with Dr. Joseph Charney (Research Meteorologist with the US Forest Service, Northern Research Station) to review the events of this spring, discuss the precursors and drivers of the 2023 smoke event, highlight existing and emerging smoke forecasting technologies, and discuss how changes in climate and society could play a role in smoke from wildland fires in the future.
Open to people 18 and older. Lunch is provided, but registration is required. If you register and cannot attend, please contact the Museum to cancel your reservation, so we can open it to someone else.
MSU Museum is a proud Smithsonian Affiliate
This program is in conjunction with the exhibition Knowing Nature: Stories of the Boreal Forest/ Historias del bosque boreal.
Knowing Nature: Stories of the Boreal Forest/ Historias del bosque boreal is a Smithsonian Traveling exhibit that made its national premier at the MSU Museum. The exhibition focuses on the biodiversity and global importance of our northern-most forests through first-person stories, commissioned objects, interactive experiences, and exquisite photography and videography. Read more on the Smithsonian website here.
Knowing Nature: Stories of the Boreal Forest/Historias del bosque boreal is developed by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, and made possible by the National Audubon Society, with additional support from The Anders Foundation, Charlie and Nancy Hogan, and Anne C. Madison.