A young woman who endured the devastating forest fire in Fort McMurray is among students at this summer’s enrichment and entrepreneurship program and the University of Saskatchewan.
Hannah Forward says living through that experience prompted her to develop a statistical model to help predict the severity of upcoming wildfire seasons. She says the model put together with a partner based on weather data in Alberta predicts a year in advance and within 0.2-percent accuracy.
She says this year’s theme at the SHAD conference to build community resiliency in the face of natural disasters is very timely.
Hannah hopes to take what she learns from the conference to help people in the future. Her goal is to become a Doctor.
Students will spend the month hearing lectures from top faculty and community leaders while being challenged to think outside the box.