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Center Overview

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.

Universities

  • San José State University
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Center Personnel

Dr. Amanda Stasiewicz
Co-Director
(408) 924-5450
amanda.stasiewicz@sjsu.edu

Craig B Clements
Center Director
(408) 924-1677
craig.clements@sjsu.edu

Research Focus

WIRC will contribute to the following areas of wildfire science:

  • Fire weather and fire-atmosphere modeling and forecasting, which will be used to develop new fire danger metrics for public and private industry stakeholders.
  • Fire behavior monitoring and modeling for improved operational prediction and forecasting tools.
  • Wildfire-related tools and strategies, which examine the nexus of social and natural contexts of wildfire management and adaptation.
  • Climate change and wildfire risk, for developing detailed spatial and temporal information about the climatic influence on wildfires in the past and the future to better prepare communities and industry for wildfires.
  • Fire ecology assessments, for improving home hardening and informing stakeholders and communities how to better prepare for wildfires of the future.

Awards