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The goal of the Partnerships and Collaborations component is to build partnerships with external entities to improve ability to collect/distribute data and methods for wildfire science, and to co-develop workforce trajectories that meet agency and industry needs.

HDRFS will create and leverage existing partnerships with private industry, government management and funding agencies, academia, and national/regional cyberinfrastructure providers to promote scientific and educational collaborations at state, national, and international levels.

Government Partnerships

Our team has existing relationships with many relevant research and fire management agencies, including DoE LANL [FP], DoD Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP), NASA, USDA-USFS, BLM, NV Division of Forestry, CalFire, DOI Office of Aircraft Services, FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program Office, and Reno and Clark County Fire Departments.

Prior contributions by the HDRFS team in developing partnerships with these agencies include the development of the Fire and Smoke Model Evaluation Experiment (FASMEE) at DRI and an invitation by BLM to operate UAS over wildland fires in NV. We will collaborate with NV indigenous groups such as the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe for co-production of fire knowledge and inclusion of indigenous fire management practices.

National and International Scientific Collaborations

U.S. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with whom we have existing relationships include Tall Timbers (TTRS), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Aspen Global Change Institute (AGCI), and Western Forestry & Conservation Association (WFCA); international NGOs include the Association for Fire Ecology, the International Association of Wildland Fire, the Pau Costa Foundation, the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI), and the Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment (GMBA).

Alignment with national RCD and NSF-funded CI initiatives will be pursued, including communities such as the Campus Research Computing Consortium (CaRCC), the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), the Coalition for Academic Scientific Computation (CASC), Internet2, and the Quilt Network.

Industry Partnerships/Technology Development, Transfer, and Commercialization

The record of successful partnerships with industry (e.g., NV Energy, Las Vegas-based AviSight, Reno-based Drone America) naturally leads to transfer of technology, where refinement and commercialization can be continued through existing vehicles such as the NSHE Technology Transfer Office (TTO), Desert Research Corporation (DRC), and the NV Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED).

The Partnerships and Collaborations team will assist in liaisons between our project team and these entities, with assistance from the Nevada Center for Applied Research, to provide relevant contacts in industry that maximize student opportunities and ensure that the benefits of our discoveries accrue to the public and the economy of Nevada.

Workforce Development (WD) Partnerships

The Partnerships and Collaborations team will assist in E-WFD by emphasizing Workforce Development through our partnerships with industry and government agencies.  Student and post-doc cross training into technical cyberinfrastructure tools will be integrated, leveraging partnerships and fellowship opportunities within the Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP), Practice and Experience in Advanced Research Computing (PEARC), and Campus Champions (XSEDE-CC) communities. Campus level engagement with CaRCC RCD assessment and professionalization working groups, and the newly funded NSF RCD NEXUS CoE (#2100003) will help establish new personnel roles in RCD strategy in NV.

Our Partners