ESRL Global Systems Division

GSD's Role in NSA Workshop

During the week of April 19-22 Global Systems Division researchers are giving presentations at the National Seasonal Assessment Workshop for the Western States and Alaska about two GSD-developed tools that help fire centers prepare for and combat fires in their regions. FX-Net incorporates data compression research and Internet-based systems development into a real-time data distribution and visualization system for operational forecasters and researchers. The Gridded FX-Net aids agencies like the US Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management to develop and execute fire potential algorithms used to create daily fire danger indices. GSD will provide the dozens of participants an update on the advancements of these state-of-the-art data delivery technology systems used by 11 Geographical Area Coordination Center offices. These offices that are located in the Lower 48 and Alaska are part of the National Interagency Fire Center. During the FY10/11 fire season, for example, GSD will run an experimental 3-km High-Resolution Rapid Refresh (HRRR)/Chem/Smoke model over the western US. This model will be available to the forecasters via the FX-Net system. It provides a significant improvement in the resolution of current operational models and also provides smoke plume source and extent information.

Every April various federal and some international agencies meet with NOAA researchers at ESRL in Boulder, CO to create seasonal predictions for climate and weather as they relate to the upcoming fire season outlook for the CONUS and Alaska. By doing so, participating agencies that include the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, Department of Agriculture, National Park Service, and even visiting international agencies from Canada and Mexico can plan how they will move assets and where they will locate fire fighting resources for the season.

Contact information
Name: Sher Schranz
Tel: 303-497-7254