Adaptation of a national system of fire danger rating in Alberta, Canada: a case study in technology transfer
Document Type: Conference Proceedings
Author(s): A. D. Kiil; Dennis Quintilio; Martin E. Alexander
Coordinator(s): L. Strand
Publication Year: 1986

Cataloging Information

  • Alberta
  • Canada
  • fire danger rating
  • fire management
  • fire research
  • forest fires
  • technology transfer
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Record Last Modified: March 27, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 2599


In 1969-70 a major research product was introduced to the Alberta Forest Service (AFS) and all other forest fire protection agencies throughout Canada by federal government fire researchers. The Canadian Forest Fire Weather Index (FWI) Systems, the first major phase of a national fire danger rating system, was accepted and implemented nation wide by 1971. The FWI System was subjected to intense scrutiny and suspicion during its initial years of use in Alberta. However, the gradual and conclusive acceptance of the FWI System eventually resulted. Today, the system's components are utilized in initial attack preparedness planning and other fire management activities (e.g., prescribed fire, escaped fire analysis). This paper describes the technology transfer events over nearly two decades, as user confidence in a major research and technology transfer program developed. The review and interpretation of key factors contributing to successful technology transfer suggest that the process is continuous and complex, requiring coordination and active involvement of both researcher and user.

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Kiil, A.D.; Quintilio, Dennis; Alexander, Martin E. 1986. Adaptation of a national system of fire danger rating in Alberta, Canada: a case study in technology transfer. Pages 410-421 in Strand, L. (coordinator), Proceedings of the 18th IUFRO World Congress, September 7-21, 1986, Ljubljana, Yugoslavia. Vienna, Austria: International Union of Forest Research Organizations.