Thursday, 20 November 2003: 9:00 AM
The California and Nevada Smoke and Air Committee (CANSAC)—An interagency partnership to meet decision-making needs
The California and Nevada Smoke and Air Committee (CANSAC) is a consortium of fire weather and air quality decision-makers, managers, meteorologists and scientists in partnership to provide operational meteorological support for wildland fire and smoke impacts, and advance the scientific understanding of atmosphere and fire interactions. CANSAC is one of five regional Fire Consortia for Advanced Modeling of Meteorology and Smoke (FCAMMS) consortia established as part of the National Fire Plan, and is dedicated to fire and smoke management issues in the California and Nevada region. Currently, CANSAC related research is being undertaken via the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station, while the operational component is being developed and implemented at the Desert Research Institute (DRI) Program for Climate, Ecosystem and Fire Applications (CEFA) in collaboration with the CANSAC constituents. This paper will provide an overview of CANSAC, including a brief history, the goals and plans, and current research efforts.