News From the Field
Predicting the uphill battle
April 3, 2019
This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.For wildland firefighters retreating from the fire to a safety zone, predicting how long it takes to move across terrain can be a matter of life and death. Geographers developed a series of models that strongly predict how terrain slope impacts travel rates. Using a crowdsourced fitness-tracking database, they analyzed GPS data from nearly 30,000 people. The resulting models are the first to account for variability in travel rates between slow, medium and fast movers. Full Story
University of Utah
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