We develop tools that predict the behavior of wildfires to help firefighters, local authorities, and resource managers direct their efforts more effectively. Tactically placing firefighting personnel, equipment, and promptly notifying the public saves property, lives, and livelihoods.

Focus Areas of Research

Smoke from the 2022 North Waugh prescribed fire near Canon City, Colorado.  Photo by Damon Kurtz, BLM

Climate and Wildfire

Decision support and planning for future scenarios of wildland fire

Coupled Weather-Fire Modeling

Decision Support For Managing Wildland Fires
National Interagency Fire Center photo of firefighters surrounded by forest fire.

Wildfire Fuel Data Research

Wildfire fuel characterization helps us simulate and predict fire intensity, rate and direction of spread


Branko Kosovic

Director, Weather Systems Assessment Program