Event Title

Causes of Wildfires in Northern California

Location

Collier Library

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Dr. Michael Pretes

Event Website

https://www.una.edu/studentresearch/index.html

Start Date

22-4-2019 10:00 AM

End Date

22-4-2019 11:00 AM

Document Type

Poster Presentation

Description

In the Northwest of the United States, and especially in northern California, wildfires are steadily becoming more prevalent and catastrophic. My research question is: “how have climate change and urban expansion patterns contributed to larger and more frequent fires in northern California?” The methods that I will use to obtain the data for the question are: drones will take ortho-mosaic images, so that the NDVI can be calculated. Satellite images from the past ten years will have to be retrieved from websites such as EarthExplorer, so the NVDI can be calculated for the past years, and each NDVI will be compared. Then, using the same ortho-mosaic images, high risk fire areas will be overlaid on them to determine the rate of residential expansion in these areas over the years. Data will be retrieved to obtain shapefiles of past wildfires of each year, to compare the location of the fires to the NDVI and residential growth. The expected outcome is that both climate change and residential expansion have contributed to wildfires in the area. (Note: this poster will present proposed research, and not completed research.)

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Apr 22nd, 10:00 AM Apr 22nd, 11:00 AM

Causes of Wildfires in Northern California

Collier Library

In the Northwest of the United States, and especially in northern California, wildfires are steadily becoming more prevalent and catastrophic. My research question is: “how have climate change and urban expansion patterns contributed to larger and more frequent fires in northern California?” The methods that I will use to obtain the data for the question are: drones will take ortho-mosaic images, so that the NDVI can be calculated. Satellite images from the past ten years will have to be retrieved from websites such as EarthExplorer, so the NVDI can be calculated for the past years, and each NDVI will be compared. Then, using the same ortho-mosaic images, high risk fire areas will be overlaid on them to determine the rate of residential expansion in these areas over the years. Data will be retrieved to obtain shapefiles of past wildfires of each year, to compare the location of the fires to the NDVI and residential growth. The expected outcome is that both climate change and residential expansion have contributed to wildfires in the area. (Note: this poster will present proposed research, and not completed research.)

https://ir.una.edu/scholarsweek2019/2019/posters/2