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BC CLEAR Projects 2011-2012 (funding start dates) > Evaluation of the BlueSky Smoke Forecasting System and its Utility for Public Health Protection in British Columbia

Evaluation of the BlueSky Smoke Forecasting System and its Utility for Public Health Protection in British Columbia

posted on 6:58 PM, July 6, 2016

Project Leader: Michael Brauer

BlueSky is a modelling system that predicts the air quality impacts of forest fire smoke. BlueSky forecasts have been used to make public health recommendations during the 2010 fire season; however, there has been no formal evaluation to date of BlueSky’s performance in smoke-impacted areas. The first research objective is to evaluate the performance of BlueSky around smoke-impacted communities in BC during the 2010 and 2011 wildfire seasons by comparing forecast output to particulate matter (PM) measurements from air quality monitoring stations and satellite-based smoke plume tracings. The second research objective is to evaluate the association between BlueSky estimates and several measures of public health across BC to support the eventual development of a surveillance system for health effects related to smoke exposure.

Read the final report.

About the Fraser Basin Council

The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) is a charitable non-profit organization that brings people together to advance sustainability in British Columbia.

Where We Work

We are grateful to live and work on the unceded ancestral territories of the Indigenous Nations of British Columbia.

Our Vision

Social well-being supported by a vibrant economy and sustained by a healthy environment.

Strategic Priorities

At the Fraser Basin Council, our strategic priorities are to take action on climate change, support healthy watersheds and water resources, and build sustainable and resilient communities.

With our partners, we work on a range of collaborative, multi-sector initiatives, such as those focused on flood management, community wildfire planning, air quality improvement, energy-efficient buildings, green transportation (including the uptake of electric vehicles and expansion of charging infrastructure), watershed planning and youth-driven climate action projects.

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Salmon-Safe BC

Realizing UNDRIP Initiative

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FBC staff work from our Vancouver, Kamloops, Williams Lake and Prince George offices, and from several other locations.

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Fraser Basin Council
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