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.