Steps to Greatly Reducing the Number and Impact of Megafires



Carl Pennypacker

Affiliate, Lawrence Berkeley Lab, Physics Division

Carl Pennypacker is an astrophysicist and educator who has spent much of his career developing systems to search large quantities of data for small scientifically important signals. He helped lead the development of the Berkeley supernova searches and started the distant supernova searches, which led to evidence for an accelerating universe, and he was recognized by the Gruber and Breakthrough Prizes for the team, and other prizes for team members. He has helped develop a technology-mediated education system—“The Hands-On Universe”—which has helped train 30,000 teachers around the world in techniques of modern astrophysics, including modern image processing.  Most recently, he helped coordinate and lead the development of ideas and techniques for finding and stopping small wildfires before they become mega-fires through the FUEGO project.