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in: Hammer; Hammer > 2016-06-28

Jun 29, 2016 4:42 PM # 
Well done, Hammer!
Or, directly from the source:

Saving the world, one bog at a time.
Jun 29, 2016 4:57 PM # 
Thanks Mark. It has been a hectic few days with media. Over a dozen interviews for newspapers and a few radio interviews. I let my former PhD student handle the live TV interview on Global.

So far the best coverage is from the Canadian Press here:

But there will be a piece out soon in the NY Times as well.

This research was part of Gustaf's post-doc work and he is the lead author on the paper. So you can read all about it in the Swedish press release.
Jun 29, 2016 11:14 PM # 
Looks like a nice bit of work, and very topical (I'm assuming the work itself was done well before the Fort McMurray fires).
Jun 30, 2016 1:05 AM # 
Thanks Blair. Some of the work was started in 2012 when a mined peatland burned near Niagara Falls. we presented some of that in spring 2014. But the main idea of the research started after the vastmanland fire in Sweden in 2014. Gustaf returned from Sweden keen to add in the mitigation component. So that took another year or so.

so yeah anyway both research conducted and paper submitted before Fort Mac.Fort Mac will be Canada's largest ever natural disaster insurance claim wise. it is also largest fire insurance claim wise for anywhere in world.
Jun 30, 2016 1:39 AM # 
There were some quite significant peatland fires in upland and western Tasmania last summer, after a very severe spring/early summer drought.
Jun 30, 2016 3:00 AM # 
Interesting! I didn't know that. Well sounds like a field trip is in order. I'll need a Tasmanian research assistant to help with translation. Anvil?
Jun 30, 2016 10:07 PM # 
Nice work! I'd call it timely except you've been talking about this for so long that it's more appropriate to call it prescient.
Jul 4, 2016 9:53 PM # 
So BurnsBog near Vancouver caught on fire yesterday which is exactly what Gustaf's paper warned about so the media circus started all over again. Global TV below, CBC radio, TheGlobe, etc.

Jul 4, 2016 10:02 PM # 
Great job, Doc Hammer!

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