In Control

Wildfire Combating

Norman Gantner

Februar / February - 2022

Hochschule Pforzheim

Bachelor of Arts


Forest fires are getting worse and more frequent in recent years. One reason for this is climate change. The average global temperature has increased by about 1.6°C over the last 100 years and continues to rise. Current wildfire suppression methods are mainly concerned with fire containment and extinguishment. Costs are increasing annually while success is decreasing. Conventional suppression methods are no longer able to cope with the increasing demands. With the help of autonomous drones, the "Wildfire Combating" concept focuses on observation and first response to get a better grip on forest fires. After all, it is the first 15 minutes of a fire that determine its further course.