The resort towns nestled at the base of the Smoky Mountains experienced their first—but not last—wildfires. Urging communities in the Southeast to get ready for a “new normal” has become a cause for UT geographer Henri Grissino-Mayer, a wildfire expert who has been telling residents to rebuild with the next blaze in mind. The Daily
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The Knoxville News Sentinel interviewed Henri Grissino-Mayer, a professor of geography, as part of its story package about the one-year anniversary of the Gatlinburg wildfires.
A full review of the Chimney Tops 2 fire showed the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was not ready for the wildfires that swept through Sevier County. The report called the wildfire conditions the “new normal.” Henri Grissino-Mayer, a UT geography professor who studies tree rings to predict wildfires, told the Knoxville News Sentinel: “The reality is
Henri Grissino Mayer, a professor of geography and an expert who uses tree rings to determine wildfire patterns, spoke to the Knoxville News Sentinel following Firewise, a Pigeon Forge meeting aimed at helping residents be engaged in the process of minimizing the potential of a wildfire.
Henri Grissino-Mayer, James R. Cox professor in the Department of Geography and an expert in using tree rings to reconstruct past climates, has warned of megafires consuming communities along the boundaries of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Grissino-Mayer was recently featured in the Knoxville News Sentinel, as he continues to warn city officials that the Smoky Mountains are 520,000 acres of kindling.
Dozens of Gatlinburg residents, many of them wearing matching t-shirts that read “Gatlinburg wildfire survivors,” crowded into city hall Tuesday night to voice concerns and complaints related to the November Sevier County wildfires and how they’ve been handled by the city. Among the voices heard Tuesday was Henri Grissino-Mayer, professor in the Department of Geography, who
Henri Grissino-Mayer, professor in the Department of Geography and an expert in using tree rings to reconstruct past climates, recently spoke with WUOT’s Megan Jamerson about his research.
The UT professor who predicted the devastating Sevier County wildfires of late last year has won an award. The university has named Henri Grissino-Mayer a James R. Cox professor, and with that comes $25,500 over the course of three years. WBIR and the Knoxville News Sentinel reported on Grissino-Mayer’s recent award.
Professor in the Department of Geography and Fire Ecologist Henri Grissino-Mayer was interviewed by WATE and WVLT last month about the November 2016 wildfires in Sevier County.
A UT graduate student’s climate change research could aid researchers and conservationists working to save a threatened tree species known as whitebark pine—and by extension, preserve the primary food source of an American icon, the grizzly bear.