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Project ID: 03-4-2-05

Year: 2003

Date Started: 07/29/2003

Date Completed: 09/27/2007

Title: Strengthening Application of the Ventilation Climate Information System (VCIS) for Multiple-Scale Planning, Documentation and Risk Assessment

Project Proposal Abstract: The Ventilation Climate Information System (VCIS) was completed with Joint Fire Science Program support in 2000 under a 1998-2000 project called, Assessing Values of Air Quality and Visibility at Risk from Wildiand Fires. It is a twice-daily, 30- year database of surface wind, mixing height, and ventilation potential for the United States at about 5km spatial resolution with an interactive web user interface that allows access to the data and ancillary information in forms of maps and graphs. While VCIS performs well as a regional and national assessment tool, users have suggested a number of ways that it can be improved to better meet such needs as documentation for the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), programmatic and project planning, and risk assessment at multiple scales. Because VCIS continues to be one of few landscape tools for evaluating and documenting the probability of potential smoke impacts, we propose making the user-identified improvements to the data and web-access system, create online tutorials for specific project tasks such as documentation, planning, and assessment at local to regional scales, and develop lesson plans and workshops to facilitate training.

Principal Investigator: Jeanne Hoadley

Agency/Organization: Forest Service

Branch or Dept: PNW-Seattle-Managing Natural Disturbances

Other Project Collaborators




Branch or Dept

Co-Principal Investigator

Sue A. Ferguson

Forest Service

PNW-Seattle-Managing Natural Disturbances

Co-Principal Investigator

Narasimhan K. Larkin

Forest Service

PNW-AirFire Research Team

Federal Cooperator

Jeanne Hoadley

Forest Service

PNW-Seattle-Managing Natural Disturbances

Project Locations

Fire Science Exchange Network


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Project Deliverables

Final Report view or print

("Results presented in JFSP Final Reports may not have been peer-reviewed and should be interpreted as tentative until published in a peer-reviewed source.")

  ID Type Title
view or print   1468 Government Publication Ventilation Climate Information System (VCIS)
  go to website 699 Website  
  go to website 1637 Website  
    3340 Invited Paper/Presentation The Ventilation Climate Information System

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