Date of Award

Summer 7-16-2021

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)




Read, Jane


Adirondacks, GIS, Ignition, New York, Suitability Modelling, Wildfire

Subject Categories

Environmental Studies | Geographic Information Sciences | Geography | Other Geography | Social and Behavioral Sciences


The study area centers around a 6 million acre protected area in upstate New York known as the Adirondack State Park. Spatial data are gathered and manipulated, then input into the ArcGIS Pro suitability modeler tool to construct several wildfire ignition risk models, as well as a wildfire spread risk model. Upon comparing these ignition models, contextual conclusions are formed on areas of greatest ignition risk pertaining to the individual models. The wildfire ignition risk models are overlayed with the spread risk model, to assess which areas are most likely to facilitate initial ignition and subsequent spread. Ultimately, it appears all models may prove useful, depending on the user and the intended purpose. However, there may be room for model improvement.


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