Comprehensive Open Source Development of Next Generation Wildfire Models for Grid Resiliency

Summary

SCH Number
2019070656
Lead Agency
Energy Commission (California Energy Commission)
Document Title
Comprehensive Open Source Development of Next Generation Wildfire Models for Grid Resiliency
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
7/9/2019
Project Applicant
Spatial Informatics Group LLC

Document Description
This project will develop next-generation wildfire risk models at both local and statewide scales to help ensure resiliency of the electric grid in the near- and long-terms in the face of the growing wildfire risk under climate change. Specifically, the project will: 1) Develop methods to optimize location planning for future meteorological stations; 2) Analyze major historical fire events; 3) Advance the science of fire behavior in areas of elevated tree mortality through laboratory experiments coupled with comprehensive characterizations of forest fuel profiles to develop new fuel models; 4) Develop computationally efficient near-term risk forecast fire-spread models; and 5) Develop long-term wildfire scenario models.

Contact Information
Alex Horangic
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-48
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone : (916) 327-3494

Location

Cities
Berkeley Merced Petaluma Pleasanton Sacramento San Francisco
Counties
Alameda Merced Sacramento San Francisco Sonoma
Other Location Info
See Attached NOE for detailed list of locations

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15301, 15306
Reasons for Exemption
This project is exempt under categorical exemption section 15306 Information Collection because the project involves basic; data collection, research and resource evaluation activities which do not result in a disturbance to an environmental resource. This project is also exempt under categorical exemption section 15301 Existing Facilities because the project will involve the operation of existing laboratory facilities to do fuel testing and will involve negligible or no expansion of that existing use

Attachments

Notice of Exemption
2019070656   PDF 453 K

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