Award Winning Techologies

The Wildland Fire Sensors Challenge


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Wildfires typically occur in areas that are not close to air quality monitoring stations, and therefore people living and working near or downwind of the smoke may not have access to local air quality conditions. A collaboration of six federal agencies issued the Wildland Fire Sensors Challenge for sensor developers and researchers to submit a prototype multi-node measurement system that is capable of rapid deployment and continuous real-time monitoring of highly dynamic air pollution levels during a fire event. The partnering agencies are: EPA and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the US Forest Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Park Service and NASA.
The winners of the Wildland Fire Sensors Challenge have succeeded in advancing technological innovation toward accurate, lower-cost sensors for deployment in areas impacted by wildland fire smoke.

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