ESIP Out2Lunch: Using a Computer Model to Explore the Spread of Wildfires
Using a Computer Model to Explore the Spread of Wildfires - Chris Lore, The Concord Consortium
The GeoHazard project (https://concord.org/our-work/research-projects/geohazard/) is focused on developing learning materials exploring natural hazards as well as their predictability, impacts, and risks. The Wildfire Explorer model (https://wildfire.concord.org/) merges calculations of wildfire spread with visualizations of fire expanding over landscapes similar to those in the Midwest and western United States. Students can experiment with five variables in the model to understand the effect of wildfire spread: 1) terrain, 2) drought levels, 3) vegetation type, 4) wind speed, and 5) wind direction.