Name
General Session 2: Building a Culture of Wildfire Risk Mitigation - SDG&E's Journey
Date & Time
Wednesday, October 19, 2022, 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM
Brian D'Agostino
Description

For San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), mitigating the impacts of our increasing wildfire risk has become a key component of our culture. An important foundation for these mitigation efforts has been the development of a world-class utility meteorology program. Over the last decade, SDG&E has installed over 220 weather stations to monitor adverse weather conditions and has partnered with academia to develop a comprehensive mountaintop camera network. Additionally, SDG&E acquired high performance computing clusters in 2012 to provide detailed weather forecasts multiple times daily to support company operations.

During this session, Brian D’Agostino will walk through the journey of how this meteorological data platform was developed over a decade ago and continues to expand and flourish today. Focus will be given to the operational tools that have been derived from the meteorology data, how those products have evolved and how we apply them today. We will also take a look into the future of this meteorological data and how we envision it can be applied to our continued climate adaptation initiatives.

Session Takeaways

 

  • Receive an overview of the SDG&E meteorological data platform which generates 200,000 weather observations and almost 200Gb in weather model output daily.
  • Review the tools that have been created from the data such as indices that predict fire potential, an AI based weather forecasting system and fire behavior modeling.
  • Discuss the future application of weather and climate data to better understand how we will leverage this information to be more prepared for extreme weather.
Session Type
Keynote Presentation
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