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Oct 09, 2019 UCI-led team to study socioeconomic effects of coastal flooding in California
Launched with funding from the National Science Foundation’s Coastlines & People initiative, the effort will employ advanced simulation systems to deepen understanding of increasing flood risks within the state’s two most imperiled areas: Greater Los Angeles and the Sacramento-San Joaquin River...
Oct 09, 2019 UCI researchers develop algorithm to help predict the final size of a wildfire
It’s kind of like predicting whether a social media post will go viral. Only in this case, the stakes could be much higher. A team of researchers at UC Irvine says it has developed a machine learning model based on a “decision tree” algorithm that — if given information on climate data, atmospheric...
Sep 26, 2019 AI can help us predict the size of the next forest wildfire
Built around a machine learning algorithm, the model can help forecast whether a wildfire will be small, medium, or large by the time it has run its course—knowledge useful to those in charge of allocating scarce firefighting resources. Image: PNAS “A useful analogy is to consider what makes...
Sep 25, 2019 How A.I. Can Help Predict Wildfire Outcomes
We can agree that wildfire is natural in western forests, and at the same time not want fires to burn down our houses.  Some hard lessons have been learned about fire behavior in recent years.  It would certainly help if fires were more predictable, and they just might be.  Researchers at the ...
Sep 25, 2019 How A.I. Can Help Predict Wildfire Outcomes
We can agree that wildfire is natural in western forests, and at the same time not want fires to burn down our houses.  Some hard lessons have been learned about fire behavior in recent years.  It would certainly help if fires were more predictable, and they just might be.  Researchers at the ...
Sep 24, 2019 UCI wildfire researchers devise method for better predicting the spread of blazes
What if Paradise residents had received evacuation orders an hour before fast-moving flames reached their town? Could more people have escaped last November’s deadliest wildfire in California history? We may never know the answer. But sooner than later, fire officials should be able to predict with...
Sep 17, 2019 UCI team uses machine learning to help tell which wildfires will burn out of control
An interdisciplinary team of scientists at the University of California, Irvine has developed a new technique for predicting the final size of a wildfire from the moment of ignition. Built around a machine learning algorithm, the model can help in forecasting whether a blaze is going to be small,...
Sep 16, 2019 UCI scientists project northward expansion of Valley fever by end of 21st century
Valley fever is endemic to hot and dry regions such as the southwestern United States and California’s San Joaquin Valley, but scientists at the University of California, Irvine predict that climate change will cause the fungal infection’s range to more than double in size this century, reaching...
Sep 13, 2019 Amazon fish species at risk if fires destroy river habitat
There are few places in the world where aquatic and arboreal life are brought together as closely as they are in the Amazon. While the rainforest is home to the world’s largest river (by volume of water) and 1,700 tributaries, about one-sixth of the basin is also made up of largely forest-covered...
Sep 09, 2019 UCI Professor Liu Chen awarded 2019 Chandrasekhar Prize by Association of Asia-Pacific Physical Societies (AAPPS)
The Association of Asia Pacific Physical Societies under the Division of Plasma Physics awarded Liu Chen, UCI Professor Physics & Astronomy, the 2019 S. Chandrasekhar Prize of Plasma Physics. This award is given to an outstanding scientist in the field of plasma physics as a basis for...

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