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Visualizing Megafires: How AI Can Be Used to Drive Wildfire Simulations with Better Predictive Skill

Authors: Scott Pearse, Amy DeCastro, and Timothy Juliano (National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR))

Abstract: The East Troublesome Wildfire was the fourth largest wildfire to date in Colorado history, igniting on October 14, 2020. Driven by low humidity and high winds, the wildfire spread to over 200,000 acres in nine days, with 87,000 of those acres being burnt in a single 24 hour period. Wildfire simulations and forecasts help decision-makers issue evacuation orders and inform response teams, but these simulations depend on accurate variable inputs to produce trustworthy results. These wildfire visualizations demonstrate new AI tools developed at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), which are producing superior wildfire simulation outputs than have been available in the past.

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