Satellites predict fire's path

Investor's Business Daily
May 2013
Investors Business Daily;5/15/2013, pA02
Brief bursts of rain that dampened S. Calif. in Jan. could stoke the flames of the summer wildfire season. That counterintuitive outlook comes from NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab., and Chapman Univ., both near the fire zones in Calif. They analyzed data from Indian and NASA satellites to measure moisture in the soil and plants. The sparse rains actually spurred brush growth. Then the unseasonably dry weather turned it to tinder and fuel. The model could help agencies gauge fire risk and predeploy scarce resources.


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