The forest fires in Chile of 2017 were a series of forest fires generated in multiple foci in the central and southern areas of Chile, which marked a turning point in this country's relationship with forest fires, and in the study of the effects of climate change in forest fires globally.
Jorge Saavedra, Forest Engineer and Head of the Forest Fire Analysis and Prediction Section of the CONAF (Coporación Nacional de Chile) will host the following #PCFWebinar, and will explain the current state of forest fires in Chile.
As always, we will post this webinar on our YouTube channel of the Foundation. It should be noted that this Webinar will be completely in Spanish.
Biography of Jorge Saavedra
Forest Engineer, Graduated in Geomatics and Satellite Technology and Master in Remote Sensing from Universidad Mayor, current Head of the Department of Development and Research in Forest Fires. He joined the National Forestry Corporation in 2007 integrating in an essential way the GIS analysis in territorial diagnoses, integrating fire behavior simulators and modeling of wind fields, in the management of forest fires.
In 2009 to 2011 he carried out work in Spain in the engineering company Tecnosylva SL, participated in research and development of simulation tools, gave training courses and presentations in different autonomous communities, also developed impact analysis for different counties in the United States, achieving handle almost all simulation platforms worldwide and making comparisons between different software.
From 2014 to 2018 in the Analysis and Prediction Section, where he led a group of professionals in the area of fire behavior and meteorology, he developed the Wildfire Analyst simulator implementation project in Chile, the only country in South America with this type of tools. In addition, he is a professor of the forest fire chair at the Universidad Mayor de Chile in the Pre and Post Graduate programs and has been a speaker at conferences on simulation and GIS applications in forest fires at a national and international level.