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B. Atmospheric Scientists Work on a Wildfire Prediction System

Narrator: This is Science Today. Atmospheric scientists at the Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos National Laboratories are working together to develop a set of computer models that will simulate and eventually predict the behavior of wildfires. Scientist Mike Bradley is working on this project at an atmospheric center located at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Bradley: Here in the National Atmospheric Release Advisory Center, we're bringing in weather data from all over the world. From observations and from model simulations from a number of different agencies, and we also run our own models here on a daily basis to predict regional weather. And so we're leveraging very highly on existing capabilities as we move forward in this program.

Narrator: Bradley says the simulated interaction between the fire and the weather are crucial components of their program.

Bradley: Our long-term goal is to be able to respond in a predictive mode to a fire that's actually burning and we're notified during the process of the fire.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.