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Tuesday, April 10 • 10:15am - 10:30am
SYMPOSIA-09: Social Media in Psychological Research

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AUTHORS: Sonya Sachdeva*, U.S. Forest Service

ABSTRACT: Wildfires have significant effects on human populations worldwide. Smoke pollution, in particular, from either prescribed burns or uncontrolled wildfires, can exacerbate existing health conditions and make normal functioning impossible. Scarcity in the measurements of particulate matter responsible for these public health issues makes addressing the problem of smoke dispersion challenging, especially when fires occur in remote regions. Our work suggests that crowdsourced data can be useful in estimating particulate pollution from wildfire smoke. In an examination of California wildfires in the summer of 2015, we find that a social media data based model can be an accurate predictor of air quality across the region. Moreover, combining insights what users are saying on social media about smoke and wildfires increases model accuracy, indicating a confluence of social and spatiotemporal data.

Tuesday April 10, 2018 10:15am - 10:30am CDT
Adams Room

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