Xinli Cai, MSc

Area of Interest: Fire weather, fire ecology


Former Advisor: Dr. Mike Flannigan


Academic Degree(s): Master of Science, Forest Biology and Management, 2017;

Bachelor of Science, Forestry, 2014, Sichuan Agricultural University, Ya'an, Sichuan, China


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Xinli got her BSc Forestry in Southern China, where she learned the fundamental knowledge of forestry. She became interested in wildland fire in 2013 as an intern in the Department of Forest Protection, Meishan Bureau of Forestry. Her forestry background and work experience made her want to gain a better understanding of the interactions between the fire, weather, and ecosystems.


Currently, Xinli is working on her Master Degree with a focus on fire weather. Her topic is: Improved Fuel Moisture Estimates by Using the Canadian Precipitation Analysis (CaPA) System. CaPA System produces a near-real time 10km resolution precipitation estimate by combining forecast from the regional Global Environmental Multi-scale numerical weather prediction models, observations from weather stations, and radar Quantitative Precipitation Estimation. The aim of this research is to provide a solution for current challenges in fuel moisture and precipitation interpolation between weather stations to support the decision making process of fire management staff.


In her spare time, Xinli enjoys cycling, cooking, and hiking in the Rocky Mountains

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