NSF Grant for Reducing Wildfire Risk in Northern California

$2.5 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) has been awarded to an interdisciplinary team of researchers at the UC campuses of Berkeley, Davis, and Santa Cruz. Led by Professor Kenichi Soga, this multi-campus team will be tackling the challenge of wildfire evacuation and risk mitigation from the various perspectives that span the range of the researchers’ areas of expertise: identification of entities most pertinent to wildfire evacuation; expansion and advancement of the current digital twin; development of an evacuation simulation game based in alternate reality; and designing long-term policy recommendations. More information can be found here

Evacuation-simulation board game (Courtesy of Thomas Maiorana)


Bolinas wildfire evacuation video game (Courtesy of Yanglan Wang)

Evacuation traffic simulation in Bolinas, California from the research team’s digital twin (Courtesy of Bingyu Zhao)