Air pollution expert on what makes smoke forecasts so hard to predict — and how technology could help

GeekWire | Sep 15, 2020 at 5:48 PM
  • If you’ve been disappointed with the accuracy of snow forecasting in the Pacific Northwest, you’re really not going to like what our region can do with wildfire smoke predictions.
  • For reasons seemingly as numerous as current air pollution readings, guessing at how wildfire smoke will behave is tricky business.
  • Instead of building better models for wildfire smoke, it might make more sense to move toward AI or machine learning to layer in information on how fires behave and nuanced interactions between the particles and weather.