Henrik Hagelin - WISE-FASS [Wildfire Spread Estimator and Fire Attack Support System]
WISE-FASS [= Wildfire Spread Estimator and Fire Attack Support System] #1
Describe the idea:
WISE-FASS is a deterministic model that predicts how fire spreads in terrain based on spatial and temporal variations in topography, vegetation and weather. It constitutes a forecasting tool that assists personell at authorities and rescue service officials in the difficult process to coordinate fire extinguishing resources during wildfire events. That in turn simplifies the task of rescue services to protect life, property and the environment.
Who are you? Previous education/jobs/ experiences etc.
MSc student in Geographical Information Science (GIS) with a 2 years degree in fire, rescue and safety work, working experience of firefighting, and a BSc degree in physical geography. I am passionated about wildlife and nature, a natural disasters geek, and I am convinced human activities are the main cause to the accelerated climate change. Occasionally I work as a professional photographer. In my free time I learn programming, especially Python, and enjoys physical activities.
What will you do during these three months? How will you spend the time?
The model I am building relies on data (i.e. terrain, vegetation, weather) that often are provided by governmental authorities. Therefore, networking with authorities is a must throughout the project. Authority involvement is good in an initial phase because it allows ’marketing’ of the model. The remaining time is allocated for gathering of information regarding fire behaviour in terrain, drafting of model operation, technology testing and coding. Networking and model creation are performed simultaneously.
What do you expect to achieve during Leapfrogs?
As a bare minimum, I expect to have a draft of a basic model for fire spread simulation. I will know if Swedish authorities have an interest in using the service/model, and how much time it will take to finalize an operational model. In addition, I aim to have built a model for fire spread simulation in simpler terrain (e.g. grasslands) that can be tested in pilot studies next summer.