Fighting Wildfires With Science – NBC Bay Area Report

Our NBC Bay Area report on San Jose State’s really very interesting fire weather research project using SODAR, LIDAR and weather balloon launch wind profiling to better understand wildfire behavior. This type of technology may be more accustomed to being used in various storm chasing applications you might’ve seen on Discovery Channels “Stormchasers”. In this case, the team is using LIDAR to see inside fire plumes, gain better data sets to build more accurate weather forecasting models. This clearly could be a tremendous help to firefighters in real-time working the fire lines and forecasting for wind shift events that are often the biggest threat to fire crews fighting wildfires.

By robmayeda

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