Saint Louis University

Tree Health and Power Grid Damage Forecasting

Faculty: Dr. Abuduwasiti Wulamu

Storm triggered disruption of electrical services due to vegetation-related distribution line failure has the potential to cause loss of economic activity and pose a significant threat to the safety of consumers. Dr. Wulamu is working with researchers at Saint Louis University to identify areas that are prone to windfalls and weather damage using satellite remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). He is a co-principle investigator on a project funded by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) titled, "Enhancement and demonstration of an environmental predictive method (Model) for optimized storm forecasting and electric distribution system damage anticipation." The research team is working closely with EPRI staff to provide cost effective solutions to large scale detection and predictive monitoring of vegetation health and in identifying potential hotspots of distribution line failure during severe storm events. With accurate knowledge of the location and the nature of such distribution line failures, limited manpower and resources can be effectively leveraged to achieve restoration of power, especially over large distributed geographical areas.

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