Three Minute Thesis Webinar on NOAA's Role in Wildfire Events

July 21, 2021

Three Minute Thesis Webinar on NOAA's Role in Wildfire Events

What’s a Three Minute Thesis Webinar? Borrowing from a format used by universities across the country, colleagues from across NOAA each have one slide and three minutes to share experiences and information about NOAA's role in wildfire events. In addition, questions from the audience were addressed by the presenters.

Topics and Presenters include:

NOAA’s Role in Wildland Fires
Robyn Heffernan, National Fire Weather Science and Dissemination Meteorologist
National Interagency Fire Center / National Weather Service Representative

Fire Weather Outlooks: The Role of the NOAA Storm Prediction Center
Matt Elliott, Warning Coordination Meteorologist
National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center

The Role of a NWS Incident Meteorologist
Dan Borsum, Incident Meteorologist
National Weather Service Forecast Office, Billings, MT

HRRR-Smoke: Predicting the Evolution of Wildfire Smoke Plumes
Eric James, Research Associate
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences
NOAA Research, Global Systems Laboratory

Hazard Mapping System Fire and Smoke Product
Wilfrid Schroeder, Physical Scientist
NOAA National Environmental Satellite Data and Information Service

How Fire X-AQ Science Strengthens the Foundation for NOAA Operations
Joshua (Shuka) Schwarz, Research Physicist
NOAA Research, Chemical Sciences Laboratory

How Wildfires Impact Communities
Brett Lutz, Fire Program Lead
National Weather Service Forecast Office, Medford, OR

Drought and Wildfire Interaction
Britt Parker, Drought Early Warning System Coordinator
National Integrated Drought Information System

The Incident Isn’t Over When the Fire Is Out
Tony Anderson, Service Hydrologist
National Weather Service Forecast Office, Pueblo, CO

For more information on the NOAA Regional Collaboration Network, visit To view recordings of previous Three Minute Thesis Webinars, visit