Two half-day trips are planned to provide additional information for the multidisciplinary group of scientists attending the conference and to stimulate discussions.

Field Trip #1: Monday, 0820h-1300h. This half-day trip will highlight the Post-wildfire Response Domains  along a transect starting at the plains grassland ecosystem (1610 m, 5280 ft.) and going up to the subalpine ecosystem in Rocky Mountain National Park (2860 m, 9400 ft.).  Post-wildfire response domains have been proposed as an organizational framework to aid in understanding the reasons for the different runoff, erosion, and sediment transport processes observed in different burned areas throughout the world, and it is hoped that the discussions during the conference will explore the utility of the proposed framework.   Each domain has different fire, precipitation, and hydro-geomorphic regimes. The purpose of the field trip is to introduce attendees to the concept of post-wildfire response domains, to observe some examples of these domains, and to begin discussions during the field trip.

Field Trip #2: Tuesday, 1200h-1800h. This half-day trip will consist of a visit to the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado. NCAR is a U.S. federally-funded research and development center devoted to service, research, and education in the atmospheric and related sciences. Its mission is to understand the behavior of the atmosphere and related physical, biological, and social systems. The focus of this field trip is on feedback interactions between the atmosphere and wildfires, which is being studied by the Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology Division of NCAR.  This division has developed the Coupled Atmosphere-Wildland Fire Environment Model (CAWFE), which differs from other wildfire behavior models such as FARSITE and BEHAVE+ because this model allows the wildfire to modify the atmospheric winds, which in turn modify the behavior of the wildfire. This model also predicts the heat flux generated by the wildfire, and thus, could possibly be used to predict the heat impacts on the soil. While at NCAR, attendees will be divided into two groups. For the first half of the time at NCAR, one group will view the wildfire simulations in the NCAR Visualization lab while the other group will explore the interactive displays on weather and the Walter Orr Roberts Weather Trail (0.4 mile, 0.6 kilometer loop).  For the second half of the time, the groups will switch activities.