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Understanding Wildland Fires - UCAR Congressional Briefing

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May 3, 2017 |  In an effort to better predict and respond to wildland fires, the UCAR research community works closely with federal and state agencies, emergency managers, and others to enhance understanding of wildfire dynamics. Bringing to bear ecosystem and atmospheric science, remote sensing and modeling capabilities, and high-performance computing, these researchers are working closely with emergency responders and decision makers to protect U.S. lives and property.

In a session titled Understanding Wildland Fires on April 12, 2017, UCAR brought together an expert panel to brief congressional staff and agency representatives on how these efforts are making a difference in responding to the fearsome force of wildfires.


  • Todd Richardson, State Fire Management Officer, Bureau of Land Management, Colorado State Office

A Fire Manager's Perspective: Where I've been, what I've seen, and where the nation is with wildfire management

  • Donald Falk, Associate Professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Arizona

Wildfires — Past, present, future

  • Michael Gollner, Department of Fire Protection Engineering, University of Maryland

Fire Modeling

  • William Mahoney, Interim Director, Research Applications Laboratory, National Center for Atmospheric Research

Decision Support for Wildland Fire Management: Coupled weather-wildland fire modeling

Use of the briefing room was sponsored by Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado.

Presentation Slides

Three of the speakers used slides during their presentations:

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