Here in dry Colorado, we're very aware of the risks of annual summer forest fires (around 40,000 acres of the state are currently ablaze). In the Canadian province of Quebec, which faces similar fire danger, they have found ways to leverage technology as a tool for managing the fire risks in the area. They use the analytics and gridding functions in Surfer to dramatically enhance the quality of weather data in its forest fire information system.
The Quebec Forest Fire Protection Society's weather office staff wrote algorithms to interpolate weather conditions between stations on 1.2-kilometer grids, much smaller than the massive polygons once used. The interpolations take into account weather reports at each station and those around it and then factor in meteorological influencers, such as elevation changes and distance from water bodies. The result is a province-wide map representing realistic weather conditions on a very fine scale and generated automatically every hour. Without Surfer, the automated interpolation and mapping performed on an hourly basis would have to be conducted in a full-feature GIS package at considerably greater expense.
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Justine Carstairs, thank you for your answer, was really helpful.
One more question, i did the map with the specific countries that i wanted.
Now i have an excel file with Countries without any coordinates and Rst values from which i want to create a contour map. Do you know how can i import these data to surfer so i can drow the contour map on specific locations ?
In order to create a contour map, your Rst values must be associated with an XY position. So, your Excel file should contain three columns of data, X,Y and Z (Rst value). Then you can grid the data and create contour map from the resulting grid file. You might find these short videos on gridding and contouring helpful:
Surfer Gridding Training Video
Surfer Contour Maps Training Video
You can create a country boundary maps from vector files sch as SHP or DXF by clicking Home | New Map | Base. We have some free boundary files available here. If your Rst values have spatial locations, you can add these as a Post layer and display the value as labels. There are more details on the different map types available in Surfer here.
Well, I am running a project and i want to ask, how can I create a map with specific countries and then on them add Rst values to see correlation?