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National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis

Wildfire on the ridge of a mountain

Measuring and communicating community resilience to wildfire.

Built on the success of the NCEAS’ Ocean Health Index, the Western Wildfire Resilience Index (WWRI) will calculate index scores for counties in the western regions of the US and Canada to inform decision-makers when crafting wildfire preparedness, response, and recovery policies. 

An index score, calculated from many layers of data, summarizes the condition of a specific area of interest. WWRI index scores will be displayed with a transparent, user-friendly interface so that decision-makers, resource managers, and property owners will be able to see what factors are driving the index score of any given area. The WWRI interface is expected to launch in 2025 - stay tuned!