The "SunCAVE" at UC San Diego's Qualcomm Institute has 70 monitors with 4K resolution that researchers said create the world's highest resolution virtual reality system. Researchers have created models that when combined with wind speed and other weather conditions can predict what a fire will do.
Knowledge of the fuel sources in a wildfire's path is critical to predicting its movements. To that end, WIFIRE's artificial intelligence software examines high-resolution satellite imagery to predict the combustibility of the vegetation surrounding a fire, then incorporates that information into its predictions.
A computer model, dubbed WIFIRE, has been developed at UCSD to predict the growth of wildfires once they start. The model incorporates information feeds on current weather conditions along with data on topography and fuel types.
Business Wire: ALERTWildfire Partners With GeoLinks to Deploy Fire Detection and Prevention Systems Across California
The public-private partnership [ALERTWildfire-GeoLinks partnership] is actively deploying wildfire detection, prevention, and situational awareness systems across a coalition of utility and county assets to enable fire detection and predictive modeling.
The deadly blazes burning in California have put a spotlight on the crucial role of evacuation. In the moments after a wildfire begins, firefighters must predict where a fire will spread to save lives. Now, California firefighters are getting some help from a powerful new tool: supercomputers.
As wildfires threaten communities around the world, monitoring systems using Big Data are helping firefighters, government agencies and humanitarian organizations proactively take steps to save lives.