Some wildfire experts state that the expansion of communities in Colorado’s Fire Zone during the last decades is an important factor to understand the increasing destruction caused by wildfires of the area. The six most destructive fires in Colorado prior to 2000 destroyed an average of 15 homes, according to the Colorado State Forest Service. However, in the last years Colorado’s wildfires have become increasingly destructive, with the Waldo Canyon fire of 2012 burning down 346 homes.
The Center for Spatial Information Science and Systems (CSISS) is an interdisciplinary research center chartered by the provost and affiliated with the College of Science at George Mason University. CSISS currently operates Laboratory for Advanced Information Technology and Standards (LAITS).
CIMSS is a Cooperative Institute formed through a Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in 1980. Directed by Dr. Steve Ackerman, CIMSS operates as an institute within the Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC).
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was created by the National Aeronautics and Space Act in 1958. NASA, as agency of the Unite States government, has “the mission to pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research.” (NASA, 08.03.2010)