Following our earlier call for expertise regarding the CCST study now underway on costs and losses related to wildfires in California, CCST is currently seeking experts to evaluate the report, which characterizes the economic costs and losses that could be considered in a comprehensive accounting of wildfire economic impacts on the state of California.
CCST is seeking nominations of individuals by August 18th with the following expertise:
Key Topic Area 1: General Background on California Wildfires
Key Topic Area 2: Fire events: Prevention and Mitigation
Key Topic Area 3: Wildfire impact on buildings and infrastructure
Key Topic Area 4: Wildfire Impacts on Public Health
Key Topic Area 5: Ecosystem Process Impacts from Wildfire
Key Topic Area 6: Other Economic/Market Impacts from Wildfire
The report will provide a review of relevant literature on the economic costs and losses of wildfires and a discussion of existing research gaps and the availability of relevant datasets. While the report does not aim to calculate a specific dollar amount to summarize costs and losses, this information will help establish a framework for accounting for costs and losses due to wildfire for the State of California, to inform decision makers about what data are available for informing current decisions and what needs exist to answer outstanding policy-relevant questions.
Honorarium: For those who are eligible, we will provide a $250-500 honorarium (depending on scope of review) for individuals selected as reviewers. No travel is expected.
Please let us know if you would be interested in assisting with this evaluation and can complete your efforts in the timeline allowed.
Timeline and Effort
The report will be transmitted via a Dropbox link. Reviewers will be asked to evaluate the sections relevant to their expertise. Upon completion of the study, reviewers will be named and acknowledged, but not attributed to specific comments.
By August 18, 2020, please send names, affiliations, relevant areas of expertise (see bullets above) and contact information for individuals qualified to serve in support of this study. Self-nominations are welcome. Send all nominations to Brie Lindsey at [email protected].
This report has been requested and funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and is conducted by CCST. The mission of CCST is to bring together leading experts in science and technology to inform policymakers and programs to ensure California’s continued leadership in science, technology, innovation, and science education. Modeled in part after the National Research Council, CCST is often asked to produce technical reports on issues of significant importance. An important part of a project process is peer review.
About the California Council on Science and Technology
The California Council on Science and Technology is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization established via the California State Legislature — making California’s policies stronger with science since 1988. We engage leading experts in science and technology to advise State decision makers — ensuring that California policy is strengthened and informed by scientific knowledge, research, and innovation.