The Kathy and Steve Berman Western Forest and Fire Initiative (WFFI) is an interdisciplinary working group that advances socially engaged, problem-oriented research on western forests, fires, and communities. Its aims: to improve understanding of the problematic relationship between wildfire, forests, and communities in a changing climate as a complex adaptive social-ecological system (SES), and to contribute to the development of better ways to manage this SES to reduce the risk of large wildfires, improve the vitality of human communities, and help society adapt to climate change.
U-M researchers collaborate across a wide variety of disciplines in order to advance knowledge and solve challenging problems. The interdisciplinary environment at U-M has sparked a broad spectrum of cross-cutting projects and initiatives that address sustainability challenges related to population growth, climate change, land and water use, energy choices, and poverty. Find U-M experts in sustainability and environmental science, across fields and academic units.