UBC ATSC 413 - Forest-fire Weather & Climate
ATSC 413 - Forest Fire Weather & Climate

Welcome to this course.


For New & Prospective Students:
   Welcome - Glad you are interested.
   Course Info - Whom this course is for.
   Syllabus Overview - Main topics in this course.
   Course Goals - What you will be able to do.
   Instructors & TAs - See who your teachers are.
   Evaluation - Test and assignment weights.
   Textbooks & Bibliography - Most are online.

For Enrolled Students:
   Schedule - Calendar of assignments & learning goals.
   Fire Basics - Wildfire fuels, behavior, danger indices.
   Fire Cases - 3 in Alberta, 1 in BC, 1 in QC, & 2 in USA.
   Meteorological Concepts - Synoptics, mesoscale, etc.
   Forecast Tools - Weather maps, satellite images, etc.
   Smoke - Emissions, plume rise, dispersion, modeling.
   Climate - Variability & global warming.

   Getting Started - Free software you will use.
   Map Legends - How to read weather maps.
   FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions.
   Tips - To promote your success.

Guidelines, Info & Resources:
   Netiquette - Treat your online classmates with respect.
   Academic Integrity - Don't cheat.
   Academic & Religious Accommodation - So all can thrive.
   Learning Commons - Toolkits to aid your academic success.
   Wellness Info - So you can do your best.
   Teaching Improvement - Research to make the course better.
   Recommendations - Other courses you might enjoy. 
   ATSC - Consider majoring or minoring in Atmos. Sci.

• We gratefully acknowledge the financial support for this project provided by the UBC Sustainability Hub, via an Interdisciplinary Education Grant, and via Faculty of Science Skylight funding.
• UBC’s Point Grey Campus is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) people. The land it is situated on has always been a place of learning for the Musqueam people, who for millennia have passed on their culture, history, and traditions from one generation to the next on this site.
• Nothing in the syllabus can contravene any Academic Calendar regulation or University policy. In resolving any discrepancy, Academic Calendar regulations and University policy take precedence.
• Image credits: top: Rum Creek fire near Merlin, Oregon: August, 2022. (Robert Hyatt, NOAA’s National Weather Service). https://www.noaa.gov/multimedia/photos-images/photo-story-fighting-fire-with-forecasts. middle: graphic by Chris Rodell, based on GFS forecast from NOAA NWS; or Worldview satellite image for Kimiwan Complex fire. bottom: BC Wildfire Service , Donnie Creek, https://wildfiresituation.nrs.gov.bc.ca/incidents?fireYear=2023&incidentNumber=G80280 .