From Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP)

California Smoke Information Resources through Web2.0 -- Rhusar 03:52, 24 October 2007 (EDT)

Note sent to ESIP, Unidata. Dear ESIP-All: This is cordial invitation to the ESIP community (esp. AQ cluster) to contribute web links related to the smoke from the current Southern California fires. These web resources will subsequently be used by the community to describe and to quantify this Exceptional Air Quality Event. An evolving ESIP wiki page serves as the aggregator of web resources collected through 'social software', including DEL.ICIO.US for social bookmarking, Flickr for images, Google for images, news and general web, Technorati for blogs, YouTube for videos. If you have an interesting web link on the smoke, you are encouraged to use one of these sharing services. Applying a common tag 071022SoCalSmoke will allow automatic harvesting by aggregators . However, if you prefer, just email me the link(s). Thanks in advance for considering this social/scientific experience. May a better understanding of these smoke events and possibly of Web2.0 be our reward. Regards, Rhusar 03:52, 24 October 2007 (EDT)

Re: California Smoke Information Resources through Web2.0 -- Mohan

This is terrific and, as you well know, it aligns nicely with the Unidata vision. Would you like us to distribute your note to our broader community? Mohan

Re: Re: California Smoke Information Resources through Web2.0 -- Rhusar 12:14, 24 October 2007 (EDT)

Mohan, Yes, yes and yes. (1) Posting to the broader community would be appreciated (with a call to participate: contribute link, help organizing/managing..anything). (2) It seems like a natural LEADS case study; maybe someone could set up a wiki for that... We could then work on mashing the relevant contents from the multiple wikis, e.g. the SD Fire wiki. Thanks! Rhusar 12:14, 24 October 2007 (EDT)

Re: California Smoke Information Resources through Web2.0 -- Sean Raffuse (Sraffuse) 19:16, 26 October 2007 (EDT)

Nice. I've added a link to the smoke forecast website that we threw together with the Forest Service and DRI. The BlueSky/CMAQ model has been running for a few weeks in test mode. All of the data on the site is obviously preliminary and unvalidated, but quite interesting. The team has committed to keeping this site more or less operational for the next week to several weeks and model updates should keep coming. Consider this a teaser for products that will soon be fully operational. Cheers, Sean