Henrik Hagelin - WISE-FASS
Blog post #1
Describe the idea!
WISE-FASS is a modelling system designed to forecast spread of wildfires using terrain, ground cover and weather information as inputs. Maps (forecasts) of fire spread can greatly simplify the work of emergency services to suppress wildfires. WISE-FASS can therefore help them and authorities to save lives and to protect property and the environment in case of wildfire events.
Who are you?
MSc student in Geographical Information Science (GIS) who is waiting for an opportunity to defend my thesis. I have a BSc degree in physical geography, a 2 years degree in fire, rescue and safety work, and working experience as a firefighter. Sometimes I work as a professional photographer or editor. Whenever I get the chance, I escape the urban life to enjoy nature by, for example, hiking.
What will you do during these three months? How will you spend the time?
A main focus during this summer will be on automatic retrieval and preprocessing of base data required for a simulation. I will continue networking with authorities and organisations regarding for example future testing of WISE-FASS and potential collaborations. Lastly, I will spend a lot of time looking into financing opportunities to continue the project after these three months.
What do you expect to achieve during Leapfrogs?
By the end of Leapfrogs 2019, I will know about future funding of the project required for further development of WISE-FASS. The rate-of-spread module is strengthened for a more realistic fire spread simulation and the overall performance of the system is increased to allow faster development and implementation of needed functionalities. Hopefully, I have also enabled initiation of a wildfire simulation, based on prevailing weather forecasts, from any location in Sweden.