The Wildfire Interdisciplinary Research Center (WIRC) at San José State University brings together an interdisciplinary team of academic and industry leaders to address the wildfire problem faced by many regions around the nation and the world. WIRC’s mission is to conduct high-impact wildfire research to provide new predictive tools and informed strategies to communities and industry stakeholders, including first responders, those interested in risk analysis, and policymakers in communities, companies, and utilities affected by wildfire. WIRC’s integrated approach to solving the wildfire problem will lead to interdisciplinary solutions that span the physical, social, and economic sciences. The results: cutting-edge knowledge, improved prediction tools, and community resilience strategies. WIRC also will develop new programs to train the STEM workforce to become fire managers, city planners, fire analysts, and fire meteorologists.
WIRC will contribute to the following areas of wildfire science: