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ICLR to host webinars on wildfires and hurricanes in May


April 13, 2016   by Canadian Underwriter


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The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) will be hosting two Forecast 2016 webinars in May – one on wildfires and the other on hurricanes.

WildfireThe wildfire webinar will be held on May 4 at 11 a.m. EST. It will summarize the current conditions in Canada and provide a forecast for the 2016 wildfire season, said information from ICLR.

The webinar will feature Dr. Kerry Anderson, fire research officer with Natural Resource Canada’s Canadian Forest Service. Dr. Anderson is actively involved in research to predict smoke forecasting, fire weather and fire weather, the ICLR information said. Through this research, he has and continues to develop models to assist fire management agencies in daily operational planning by predicting the potential impact of fires on the landscape.

Dr. Anderson received his B.Sc. in 1985, M.Sc. in 1991 and Ph.D in 2009 at the University of Alberta.

The second webinar will be held at 10 a.m. EST on May 30, and will summarize the current hurricane conditions in Canada as well as provide a forecast for the 2016 hurricane season.

The speaker for the hurricane webinar will be Bob Robichaud, warning preparedness meteorologist for the Canadian Hurricane Centre. Robichaud received his B.Sc. in meteorology from Lyndon State College in Vermont in 1995, the ICLR information said. After a few years as a weather forecaster in the private sector, he joined Environment Canada in 1998 as an aviation forecaster in Gander, Nfld., where he eventually became aviation weather program manager for Atlantic Canada.

In 2004, Robichaud moved to Halifax to fill the new warning preparedness meteorologist role in Atlantic Canada where his primary focus is working closely with emergency management officials on a variety of different weather-related issues, including training, exercising and support during actual weather events.

Registration for wildfire webinar:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/97973456984397825

Registration for hurricane webinar:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7272565004665071361