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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.

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The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) is a charitable non-profit organization that brings people together to advance sustainability in the Fraser River Basin and throughout BC. Established in 1997, FBC is a collaboration of four orders of government (federal, provincial, local and First Nations) along with those from the private sector and civil society. We work with people in multiple sectors, helping them find collaborative solutions to today’s issues through a commitment to the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability. Our focus is on healthy water and watersheds, action on climate change and air quality and strong, resilient communities and regions.

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