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Developing a Wildfire Component for the NIDIS California Drought Early Warning System

NIDIS Supported Research
NIDIS-Supported Research
Main Summary

This project is intended to build upon the California-Nevada Drought Early Warning System (DEWS) through development of enhanced visualization and analysis tools and establishment of a stronger and more direct link between drought early warning and wildfire management and planning. The goals of the proposed work are to (1) interact with stakeholders to determine specifically what type of drought information is most pertinent for them to manage potential wildfire risk; (2) collaborate with a key stakeholder(s) to develop drought-related, decision-support information and tools; and (3) enhance California CA DEWS. The proposed work will orient around a deliberate co-production of science approach with stakeholders from several groups, including Predictive Services, U.S. Forest Service, and CAL FIRE.

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Research Snapshot

Research Timeline
April 2018 - March 2019
Principal Investigator(s)
Dr. Timothy Brown, Western Regional Climate Center
Project Funding
Coping with Drought FY 2016
Related Topics

Key Regions

Research Scope
DEWS Region(s)