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NIDIS Co-organizes Soil Moisture and Wildfire Symposium

  • 13 April 2021

On May 6 from 9am-4pm CDT, the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) will co-organize the online symposium, “Using Soil Moisture Information to Better Understand and Predict Wildfire Danger: A Symposium for Researchers and Fire Managers.” The symposium will highlight the latest advances in using soil moisture information to better understand and predict wildfire danger. These recent discoveries reveal the potential for soil moisture estimates from in situ monitoring stations, remote sensing and models to improve fire danger predictions and to advance our understanding of fire behavior.

This interactive symposium will provide researchers and fire managers a unique opportunity to connect with others, to learn about ongoing research in this area, and to discuss ways to move forward with new research and end uses.

The symposium is sponsored by NIDIS, the USGS South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center, with additional support provided by the USFS, and the National Coordinated Soil Moisture Monitoring Network. Marina Skumanich, NIDIS Program Specialist for the National Coordinated Soil Moisture Monitoring Network, is serving on the organizing committee.

The event agenda, which will be posted soon on Drought.gov, will feature invited talks, interactive breakout groups, and panel discussions.

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