Lightning and Wildfires

Learning Session


Organized by:
World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
Issue-based Coalition on Environment and Climate Change
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

 11:00-12:00 GMT-5
 4 November 2021
 Learning Session

The session is intended to provide concise but relevant information about the wildfires and/or lightning information systems in the Americas. This session particularly aims to:

  • Review wildfire monitoring, prediction and response in the Americas.
  • Review the region’s progress and challenges in lightning detection and prediction.
  • Identify best practices for integrating lightning and wildfire data systems.
  • Improve current risk management approaches for these hazards.
  • Share the IBC’s findings on CC and wildfire resilience.



Roger Pulwarty
Senior Scientist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), USA

Rodney Martinez
Representative, NCAC Office, World Meteorological Organization (WMO)



Pieter Van Lierop
Regional Forestry Officer, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) 

Dennis Dudley
Manager of the Canadian Lightning Detection Network, Meteorological Service of Canada

Heath Hockenberry
Fire Weather Program Manager, National Weather Service, USA

Radenko Pavlovic
Numerical Weather Prediction Development Section Chief at the Canadian Meteorological Centre (CMC)


Arlene Laing
Coordinating Director, Caribbean Meteorological Organization (CMO)

Berta Olmedo
Executive Secretary, Comité Regional de Recursos Hidráulicos (CRRH) 

Osvaldo Moraes
Director, National Centre for Monitoring and Early Warning of Natural Disasters (CEMADEN)




Session information


Session type: Panel

Who can attend: Registered participants


English, Spanish, French


 International sign language

 Closed captions

 Accessible room

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