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Scientist Develops Fire Danger Rating System and Fire Weather Zones for Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands

Photo of Fire weather zones for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. William Gould, USDA Forest ServiceFire weather zones for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. William Gould, USDA Forest ServiceSnapshot : New Fire Weather Zones and a Fire Danger Rating System Developed for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Gould, William A. 
Research Location : Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands
Research Station : International Institute of Tropical Forestry (IITF)
Year : 2013
Highlight ID : 456

Summary

A Forest Service scientist developed and initiated in collaboration with the National Weather Service San Juan Office (NWS), a fire danger rating system and fire weather zones now being used in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. The Fire Danger Rating System is new for the region. The fire weather zones are used in daily public announcements of the NWS during fire season and are used on the NWS San Juan web site. They replace an earlier zonation used by the NWS with more ecologically based zonation. The Institute developing a database of fire occurrence and analyzing the relationships of occurrence, fuels, land use, and climate in order to better predict the risk of fire in current and future climate scenarios.

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  • IITF State
  • Private Forestry
 

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