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June 11th, 2014
Wildfire Forecasting Tool Not Available for Lack of Funds

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With a ferocious wildfire season expected in the parched West, fire forecasters will be without a new technology that scientists say could help predict sudden blowups and shifts in the direction of fires. The new computer-modeling technique offers the promise — for the first time — of producing updated predictions of wildfire growth throughout the lifetime of long-lived blazes, according to scientists from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colo., and the University of Maryland, who developed the model. The new model, known as the “Coupled Atmosphere-Wildland Fire Environment” computer model, connects how weather drives fires and, in turn, how fires create their own weather. Read More

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