The 2017 wildfire season was the worst on record, and experts bracing for another tough year are looking at technology, analytics and other innovations to mitigate wildfire risk.
Project WIFIRE, run by UC San Diego, uses San Diego’s supercomputing center to collect data on what wildfires do, using ground telemetry, weather data and satellite data the system collects. The supercomputer produces predictive analytics about how newly started fires will spread, which can help with evacuation and firefighting.
The program, known as WIFIRE, draws on the federal Forest Service predictive system, weather monitoring networks, satellite data, and an interface developed at UC San Diego, according to research associate Jessica Block, who has been working with LA and other agencies incorporating WIFIRE.
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WIFIRE is an integrated system for wildfire analysis, with specific regard to changing urban dynamics and climate. The system integrates networked observations with computational techniques to provide a scalable method to monitor such phenomena as weather patterns that can help predict a wildfire’s rate of spread.