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Science Nation – WIFIRE Helps Firefighters Get A Jump On Wildfires

July 31, 2014

In recent years, the number and scale of wildfires in the U.S. has risen, threatening cities and forests and forcing large-scale evacuations. NSF is supporting the WIFIRE initiative, led jointly by UC San Diego and the University of Maryland, to better monitor, predict and mitigate wildfires in the future.

WIFIRE merges observations, such as satellite imagery and real-time data from sensors in the field, with computational techniques like signal processing, visualization, modeling, and data assimilation, to monitor environmental conditions and predict where and how fast a wildfire will spread. The project is part of the NSF HazardSEES program, which enhances sustainability through the use of advanced technologies and new methods.”

Participants in WIFIRE include researchers from the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology’s (Calit2) Qualcomm Institute, and the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) department at UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering. Also participating in the project is the University of Maryland’s Department of Fire Protection Engineering.

Credit: National Science Foundation



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