New sensors to prevent more blazes?
Tenerife is planning to install sensors around the entire forest crown of the island with the aim of preventing and fighting fires in a more effective way.
President of the Cabildo, Carlos Alonso said it is a very novel system and will be unique in all of Spain.
In order to carry it out, the Cabildo must sign an agreement with the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, which is already negotiated, through which the nearly seven million needed to start it will be financed. In this way, the Cabildo will contribute one million euros to the project, while the rest will be financed by the Ministry from the Feder funds.
The Cabildo hopes the agreement is signed in the summer,.
The project includes the installation of radio sensors. In addition, high capacity telecommunications structures will be located in the monitoring towers already installed and will redirect the data to the supercomputing infrastructures that the Cabildo already has.
The data collected by this system will be used to establish “models that allow the prevention of risks”. The project also includes the development of a Fuel Map, through which the areas with the highest risk of being affected by a fire in certain conditions will be known.
Sr. Alonso commented that “we have been working on it for years” and affirmed that from his point of view “it is an important advance” at a time when the risk to the island of forest fires has increased due to climate change.