Wildfire has become a common occurrence in Canada with more than 6,000 fires burning an average of 2.6 million hectares (about half the size of Nova Scotia) each year during the past decade.
While more extreme fire weather and fire activity is expected, there are opportunities to reduce the risk of catastrophic fires by adapting fire management strategies to mitigate for changing climate and other risks.
That’s where TRU and our unparalleled expertise in wildfire science comes in. Located in an epicentre for wildfire and smoke, TRU’s world-renowned wildfire science team is the only one in Canada to have two research chairs dedicated solely to wildfire science. Without question, TRU is advancing world-class wildfire research.
Wildfire experts on campus
TRU’s team of wildfire experts is unparalleled. We are the only Canadian university with two research chairs dedicated solely to wildfire science. Our world-renowned experts are leading research on a wide array of fire-related topics including wildfire behaviour, landscape fire modelling and ecosystem changes resulting from wildfire.
Research chairs and faculty from across TRU contribute to the breadth of expertise related to wildfire, including the recovery of disturbed ecosystems and human displacement following disasters.