The student will access historical precipitation and temperature data for various climate regions in the Pacific Northwest, along with historical records of acres burned due to wildfires. The student will quantify the statistical relationship between weather and fire activity and potentially look at other climate signals, such as El Nino - Southern Oscillation. The student may be able to make projections on future fire activity based on projected climate change in the Pacific Northwest.
Activities will include downloading climate and fire data from various NOAA and partner agency databases, analyzing the data using Excel and GIS software, and looking for relationships and patterns in the data that could increase our awareness and preparation for future wildfire activity.
The intern will quantify the statistical relationship between weather and wildfire activity in the Pacific Northwest and find meaningful ways to communicate the data and results. This could be useful to meteorologists, climatologists, and land managers in the Pacific Northwest. Visit www.weather.gov, www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov, www.ncei.noaa.gov, or www.storymaps.arcgis.com for more information.