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Spatial Decision Support for Fire Management

in Indigenous Cultural and Stewardship Practices

Photo: Jeff Schmaltz LANCE/EOSDIS MODIS Rapid Response Team, GSFC.



To enhance our understanding of the vulnerabilities and impacts of wildfire and shifting fire dynamics in southern California, the Climate Science Alliance and its Tribal Working Group is working closely with research partners at SDSU's Institute for Ecological Monitoring and Management to establish a structured decision support process.
This process integrates geospatial data, socioeconomic factors, and cultural priorities and values for regional Tribal communities to inform the development of adaptation strategies and responses to wildfire and the impacts of climate change on regional fire regimes.

Community Vulnerability Assessment

Conduct a region-wide assessment of community vulnerability to wildfire in southern California based on integration of socioeconomic data, environmental health information, and metrics of fire danger and risk, utilizing NASA Earth Science Data products

Capacity-Building Training Program

Support Indigenous communities by expanding the Stewardship Pathways capacity-building training program, integrating western science and Indigenous knowledges of fire and fuels management, native plant propagation, food sovereignty, and ecological restoration

Spatial Decision Support Tool

Develop a spatial decision support tool that serves southern California's Indigenous communities through integration of the community vulnerability assessment with Tribal cultural practices and priorities, to advance preparedness planning in support of Tribal resilience

Cultivating Authentic Collaborations

Advance NASA Earth Science Division's understanding of issues faced by Indigenous communities and identify important steps to cultivate authentic collaborations through the transfer of training materials and workshops on fostering meaningful engagement with Tribal communities

This data integration will build on and expand ongoing regionally-relevant research to establish a structured decision support process informing the development of adaptation strategies and responses to wildfire and the impacts of climate change on regional fire regimes.

The data and tools from this project will support communities across southern California counties, from Ventura County south to the U.S.-Mexico border and east to the Arizona border.

Project Partners


This project is made possible through support from a 2022 Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) award from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).


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