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.