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Wildfire Management with WebWorldWind

Patrick Hogan, Bruce Schubert and Paul David Collins

(Submission #196)


Wildfire Management Tool (WMT) is a software application based on the Campbell Prediction System (CPS) that estimates the potential behavior of a wildland fire so that firefighting strategies can ensure the safety and effectiveness of firefighters. The purpose of this tool is to provide an analysis of the potential fire behavior, and to visualize the areas of risk and/or opportunity.

This project is an effort to enhance both the response and training of wildland firefighters and fire behavior analysts. WMT provides useful fire behavior estimates on active wildland fires and analyses of historical fires. WMT uses the NASA WorldWind SDK for the virtual globe and is employed today in the US and Europe to fight wildfires.

WMT is free, open source software provided by Emxsys, licensed under the BSD-3 license. WMT is based on the Campbell Prediction System (CPS) by Doug Campbell and augmented by Marc Castellnou of the Fire Ecology and Management Pau Costa Foundation, WMT merges the art of wildland firefighting and the science of fire behavior -- it couples the language and logic of CPS with the fire-spread equations developed by Richard Rothermel.

WMT's fire-ground analysis leverages the BEHAVE algorithms of Rothermel and Albini, as well as the study of Uncertainty Propagation in Wildland Fire Behavior Modeling by Andreas Bachmann.

This presentation will use WMT to demonstrate the variables and criteria fire fighters must consider and how those can be adjusted to estimate the fire's behavior so that strategic intervention can be more effectively applied at the tactical level.


Topic Area:  [1.8] Risk and management of natural disasters
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

Additional fields

Comments:   Natural Disaster Wildland Fire Emergency Response


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