naturalHazard_grayWe know how to quantify, measure, assess the risks of, and map the potential impacts of wildfires, earthquakes, floods, and tsunamis. Our Natural Hazards Team specializes in completing detailed risk assessments for natural hazards and will work with you to provide quantitative, science-based answers to questions such as: How much of your ownership or infrastructure is exposed to the risk to high severity wildfire or flood events? What is the value of the natural resources and assets at risk? Can this risk be mitigated by implementing various management actions? What are the ecological and economic costs and benefits to mitigating this risk? We’ll work directly with your organization to answer these questions at parcel, project, and landscape scales depending on the types of resources and assets at risk. We bring world-class expertise to wildfire risk and hazard assessment, mitigation, emissions modeling, and other original research. We’ve completed wildfire hazard assessments on large landscapes, such as the Lake Tahoe Basin, and other public and privately owned forest lands in the Sierra Nevada, California. In addition, we model fire weather, climate change scenarios, determine risk to buildings and infrastructure, and provide original research, expert witness, and other fire related science support. We are ready to assist you in the following areas:

Wildfire Risk and Hazard Assessment

  • Wildland Urban Interface and wildland wildfire hazard and risk quantification
  • Climate change and wildfire weather modeling
  • Forest and wildfire risk management scenario analysis
  • Wildfire and forest condition status and trend monitoring

Wildfire Emissions and Weather Modeling

  • Wildfire emission modeling
  • High resolution weather scenario modeling
  • Forest carbon vulnerability assessments

Original Research, Policy, and Litigation Support

  • Literature synthesis, data analysis and preparation of scientific papers and presentations
  • Peer-review
  • Expert witness

Forest Inventory and Monitoring

  • Vegetation, timber, and fuels inventory design, training, and implementation
  • Short- and long-term vegetation and fuels monitoring
  • Data analysis and visualization
  • Forest growth modeling and visualization

Recent Projects – Natural Hazards

Community Wildfire Risk Pilot Project

Community Wildfire Risk Pilot Project for Paradise, Auburn, Nevada City, and Grass Valley, CA

The Spatial Informatics Group is working for CALFIREs Forest Health Program on a Community Wildfire Risk Pilot Project for multiple…
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A Guide for Prioritizing Fuel Treatments at the Landscape Scale, and its Application at Yosemite National Park

SIG developed a landscape level fuel treatment prioritization guide for prescribed fire treatments at Yosemite National Park. The project utilized…
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Marin Municipal Water District

California Climate Initiative GHG Calculations for the Marin Municipal Water District

Spatial Informatics Group completed the GHG calculations required for a CALFIREs Forest Health Program in support of the Marin Municipal…
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UC Berkeley Vegetation Management

UC Berkeley Vegetation Management Plan Review

SIG worked with Ascent Environmental to provide a review for a detailed plan to remove eucalyptus, reduce fire hazard, and…
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Our Team – Natural Hazards

David Saah

Dr. David Saah

Dr. Saah has been broadly trained as an environmental scientist with expertise in a number of areas including: landscape ecology,…
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Felipe Borderas

Felipe Borderas

Felipe Borderas is a Forestry Engineer from the University of Huelva, Spain. Since 2005 he has developed his entire professional…
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Matt Spencer

Matt Spencer

Matt is a Software engineer with a focus on creating user facing applications for earth sciences and decision support. Matt's…
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Charles Maxwell

Charles Maxwell

Charles Maxwell received his PhD from North Carolina State and was a National Science Foundation IGERT Fellow.  His interests are…
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