May 1, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter
The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) is holding its forecast of the 2017 wildfire season on May 10.
The forecast, in a webinar running from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. EST that day, will feature Dr. Kerry Anderson, fire research officer for the Canadian Forest Service (CFS), information from ICLR said.
The interactive webinar will summarize the current conditions in Canada and will provide a forecast for the 2017 fire season.
Dr. Anderson is a fire research scientist with the CFS, who received his B.Sc. in 1985, an M.Sc. in 1991 and a Ph.D in 2009 at the University of Alberta. His Ph.D. thesis, entitled A Multi-scale Approach to Fire-growth Modelling, examined predicting forest fire growth over a range of scales, from hourly to seasonally.
His M.Sc. thesis, entitled Models to Predict Lightning Occurrence and Prediction over Alberta, examined the ability to forecast lightning using upper air soundings, the ICLR information noted.
Dr. Anderson is actively involved in research to predict smoke forecasting, fire weather and fire behaviour. Through this research, he has and continues to, develop models to assist fire management agencies in daily operational planning by predicting the potential impact of fires on the landscape.