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Technology transfer and communication: from the developers and user communities in the 21st Century

Date: December 6, 2012
Presenter(s): James P. Menakis, Jan Engert

Recommendation 4 submitted to the Joint Fire Science Program Governing Board a decade ago stated that "Technology development, transfer, and communication need to be improved between developers and user communities". A decade ago computer technology had advanced to a point that allowed for development of complex prediction models for fire behavior and fire effects. Landscape level assessments had become possible through the development of Geographic Information Systems and remote sensing technology. This new technology was mainly available to researchers and scientists with limited use within the fire community. In this presentation we discuss the many ways technology transfer and communication from developers to the user community has improved over the past decade. We discuss ongoing challenges and opportunities for bridging the science/management interface as well as principles for effective science application and delivery. We share lessons learned from the enterprises developed within the fire community to provide science-based tools, analysis and information to managers including the National Interagency Fuels Technology Transfer team, the Fire Modeling Institute, the Fire Research and Exchange System and others. Presented at the Fifth International Fire Ecology and Management Congress: Uniting Research, Education, and Management; hosted by the Association for Fire Ecology, Dec. 6, 2012, Portland, Oregon. Part of the concurrent session: Looking Back for a Clear View of the Future: 1999 to 2012.

Topic(s): Fire Communication & Education
Ecosystem(s): None
Type: Video
NRFSN number: 14271
FRAMES RCS number: 13760
Record updated: Apr 26, 2016