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Webinars and Courses

April 14, 2023, 0930-11:00 MDT

Airtanker management analytics

Dave Martell

Come learn about airtanker management analytics from Dave Martell, Professor Emeritus, Forest fire management systems, Institute of Forestry and Conservation, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto. Airtankers play an important role in forest and wildland fire management in Canada, but they are both costly and effective. Those responsible for fire management systems must resolve challenging strategic (e.g., how many of what type of airtanker to acquire and where they should be based), tactical (e.g., how they should be deployed each day or shared with other agencies) and operational (e.g., how they should be dispatched and used to support initial and extended attack operations) decision-making problems over planning horizons that extend from minutes to decades, under considerable uncertainty. Dr. Martell will describe how he and some of his colleagues have exploited analytics to develop decision support systems designed to inform airtanker management. He will also discuss some of his perceived successes and important emerging needs. David Martell is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto where he is co-director, along with Mike Wotton, of the Fire Management Systems Laboratory – the Firelab. He completed his B.A.Sc., M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. in the Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto where he studied Management Science and Operational Research and their application to forest fire management. He worked for the Ontario Department of Lands and Forests as a summer student in the Fire Control Unit in Toronto for several summers and joined the Faculty of Forestry at the University of Toronto in September of 1974. He was assigned as a research scientist, to one of Ontario’s fire Incident Management Teams for the period 2010 – 2021. He was the 2009 recipient of the Canadian Operational Research Society’s Award of Merit and the 2020 recipient of the International Association of Wildland Fire’s Ember Award.

May 12, 2023, 0930-10:30 MDT

BurnP3+: A new multi-model burn probability simulator based on Burn-P3

Chris Stockdale

Join Chris to learn basic concepts of burn probability modelling, see a demonstration of the BurnP3+ software using a case study landscape, learn the differences between BurnP3+ and the original version, and learn the information you need to get started using the software!   Chris Stockdale is a Wildfire Research and Extension Scientist for the Canadian Forest Service at the Northern Forestry Centre in Edmonton Alberta. He received a BSc (Honours) in Biology from the University of Victoria in 1998, a MSc in Forest Ecology from Oregon State University in 2001, and his PhD in Forest Biology and Management from the University of Alberta in 2016. His research has covered stand dynamics following mountain pine beetle attack, interactions between mountain pine beetle and fire, historical fire regimes, ecological change, and for the past 10 years has focused primarily on wildfire risk modelling.

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