Smoke forecasts from wildland fires for Canada – The BlueSky – Canada project

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Authors
  1. Anderson, K.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Centre for Security Science, Ottawa ON (CAN);Natural Resources Canada, Edmonton (AB)
Abstract
In 2007, an inter-agency partnership began the development of a system to forecast the spread of smoke from wildfires in Western Canada based on the US Forest Service BlueSky framework. In 2010 the Western Canada BlueSky system became a reality and smoke forecasts were produced throughout the wildfire season. The system is currently run at the University of British Columbia. It couples information on wildfire hot spots observed by satellite, forest fuel loads compiled by the Northern Forestry Research Center, algorithms to predict smoke emissions and plume rise, weather forecast data produced by a high-resolution numerical weather model (WRF3) and smoke dispersion modeling using the Hybrid Single Particle Lagrangian Integrated Trajectory model HYSPLIT.
Keywords
wildfires;smoke forecasting system;fire detections;BlueSky;fire growth
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2016-C179 — Contract Report
Date of publication
01 Mar 2016
Number of Pages
46
DSTKIM No
CA042563
CANDIS No
803883
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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