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Diane L. Trethewey

Mathematician
5775 Highway 10 West
Missoula
Montana
United States
59808

Phone: 406-329-4822
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Current Research

Developing the Wildland Fire Investment Planning System (WFIPS), a computer program that analyzes trade-offs between investments in preparedness, hazardous fuels and suppression budgets.  The preparedness program is evaluated using generated fire seasons that represent a wide range of possible scenarios.  Fire behavior is calculated for individual fires in current and treated fuel models. The initial attack efficiency is determined by simulating the suppression of indivudual fires.  The consequesces of fires that escape; costs, acreage, people affected, or any other values at risk, are determined using simulated fires and risk modeling.  The system can perform evaluations at any spatial scale, local to national and is usable by all wildland fire organizations. Finney, Mark A.; Grenfell, Isaac C.; McHugh, Charles W.; Seli, Robert C.; Trethewey, Diane; Stratton, Richard D.; Brittain, Stuart. 2011. A method for ensemble wildland fire simulation. Environmental Modeling and Assessment. 16: 153-167.

Research Interests

My research interests include modeling wildland fire suppression, quantifying the effectiveness of suppression resources, and evaluating fuel treatment effectiveness and risks.

Past Research

A lot of money is spent annually on wildland fire suppression. The fire program analysis is being developed to enable wildland fire managers from the fire federal land management agencies to jointly plan their wildland fire preparedness programs. Ensuring that the Initial Attack Simulator uses the best science available and provides accurate information to this planning process is an essential. Finney, Mark A.; Grenfell, Isaac C.; McHugh, Charles W.; Seli, Robert C.; Trethewey, Diane; Stratton, Richard D.; Brittain, Stuart. 2011. A method for ensemble wildland fire simulation. Environmental Modeling and Assessment. 16: 153-167.

Why This Research is Important

A lot of money is spent annually on wildland fire suppression so it is important to evaluate the effect of different budget alternatives.

Education

  • University of Montana, Missoula, Chemistry ,
  • University of Montana, Missoula, Mathematics ,
  • University of Montana, Missoula, Forestry ,

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Last updated on : 08/13/2015