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Planning and Implementing Fuel Treatments to Reduce Fire Hazard and Restore Healthy Wildlands and Forest Communities – It’s Easier Said than Done

Quincy, CA, during the 2021 Fly Fire. This fire eventually combined with the Dixie Fire and burned nearly 1,000,000 acres in Northern California, destroying the communities of Greenville, Indian Falls, and Canyon Dam. (Photo by Jason Moghaddas, SIG) California landowners, land managers, and planners are acutely aware of their region’s exposure to wildfire and its […]

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Pyregence Webinar Series

PYRECAST – EASY-TO-USE NEAR-TERM FIRE FORECASTING TOOLS FOR IMPROVED WILDFIRE SITUATIONAL AWARENESS. Please join us as Dr. Chris Lautenberger presents the latest features and functions of the PyreCast near-term fire forecasting platform developed as part of the California Energy Commission EPIC program funded Pyregence Project (#EPC-18-026). WHEN: August 18, 2023, 1pm to 3pm (Pacific Time) [...]

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Approved: SIG’s Methodology for Estimating Reduced Emissions from Megafires

In March, the Climate Action Reserve’s Climate Forward program approved SIG’s Reduced Emissions from Megafires (REM) forecasting methodology. This methodology provides a novel mechanism for funding essential forest health projects by generating Forecasted Mitigation Units (FMUs) for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions avoided by reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfires. Such funding [...]

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What Communities Can Do To Improve Their Wildfire Resilience

After visiting conferences throughout the last year, SIG-NAL’s Executive Director, Graham Wesolowski details his experiences initiating a Regional Wildfire Mitigation program: For the past 18 months, I have been working on starting up the Regional Wildfire Mitigation Program (RWMP). The RWMP came about when Spatial Informatics Group – National Assets Laboratory (SIG-NAL), and the [...]

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LAND TRUSTS IN NORTHEASTERN U.S. CAN ENROLL IN THE CARBON MARKET AND BECOME FUTURE ANCIENT FORESTS

Northeast Wilderness Trust (NEWT), SIG Carbon, and the Inlandsis Fund have teamed up to create an exciting new forest carbon aggregation initiative called Wildlands Carbon. Land trusts across the Northeastern United States are joining forces to protect wildlands and enroll in the voluntary carbon market. Northeast Wilderness Trust, the only regional land trust that focuses […]

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SIG works with Google and other partners on new tools that democratize offline mapping

Spatial Informatics Group (SIG) contributed to a fascinating mapping project described in a new post on the Google Earth and Earth Engine Medium page.  Google partnered with CIAT, SERVIR-Amazonia, SIG, and other groups on two pilot projects involving Ground,  an open-source data platform that works offline—crucial in areas without wireless service—and also seamlessly connects to […]

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Mapping Forest Degradation in Nepal with Remote Sensing

Under international climate change agreements, countries must estimate greenhouse gas emissions related to deforestation and forest degradation. In cases of deforestation—when trees are cut and replaced by annual crops, for instance—the change in land cover is clearly visible. Forest degradation, by contrast, is more subtle. Trees are lost but the land remains forested and often […]

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Pyregence Launches New Forecasting Tool for Tracking Active Fire Spread

As we speak, firefighters in Northern California are battling hundreds of blazes across 775,000 acres, sparked by dry lightning strikes. Unfortunately, disastrous wildfire seasons in our state have become all too common, and conditions are ripe for rapid wildfire spread. Hot summers with little precipitation bring about drought conditions, increasing amounts of dead trees act […]

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