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BC CLEAR Projects 2011-2012 (funding start dates) > Enhancing BlueSky’s Smoke Prediction Capabilities in Western and Central Canada

Enhancing BlueSky’s Smoke Prediction Capabilities in Western and Central Canada

posted on 6:59 PM, July 6, 2016

Project Leaders: Roland Stull and George Hicks

Through the collaboration of the Alberta and British Columbia Ministries of Environment, the University of British Columbia (UBC), and the Canadian Wildfire Information System at Natural Resources Canada, a computational framework, called BlueSky, was developed for predicting smoke creation and dispersion by wildfires in Western Canada. This research project builds on the success of BlueSky by extending its forecast range in Canada from British Columbia to western portions of Ontario, including southern portions of the Yukon and Northwest Territories, and improving the predictive capabilities of the dispersion model that determines how forest fire smoke spreads. These results are in turn being used to evaluate wildfire smoke-related health effects at the School of Population and Public Health at UBC. View BlueSky forecasts online.

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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Plug in BC:


ReTooling for Climate Change:

FBC Youth:

Climate Action Toolkit: 

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.

To reach us, see FBC Offices and FBC Staff or contact our administration office:

Fraser Basin Council
1st Floor, 470 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 1V5

T: 604 488-5350