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Briefing a prescribed burn in Hawaii

David R. Weise

Research Forester
4955 Canyon Crest Drive
Riverside, CA 92507
Phone: 951-680-1543
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Current Research

The scientist is conducting research on the mechanisms of fire behavior in live fuels with a team composed primarily of university collaborators and students at Brigham Young University and the University of Alabama at Huntsville and scientists in the RMRS Fire, Fuels and Smoke Program. The objectives of this research are to improve understanding of the relative importance of several factors such as chemical composition and water content, heat transfer modes and fluxes (convection and radiation), fuel particle geometry and fuel bed arrangement on pre-ignition and ignition processes and on subsequent fire spread within and between live shrub fuels. Fire spread in chaparral fuels is being examined at three scales – the fuel element, the fuel bed, and in the field through a combination of experimentation and modeling.  He is testing and validating laboratory scale results in field settings wherein the conditions are much less controlled and the fuel beds are more complex in live fuels such as chaparral, sagebrush and forests with shrub understories. An important aspect of the testing includes evaluation of existing fire behavior models such as WFDS and BEHAVE using experimental data.

Research Interests

Fire behavior and other physical aspects of prescribed burning including smoke

Why This Research is Important

Effective use of prescribed burning requires both an understanding of fire behavior and the associated ecological effects. We must understand the important factors which govern fire behavior in living vegetation, an understudied research area, in order to model and predict fire behavior in these important fuel types.

Education

  • University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D. Wildland Resource Science Biometrics, fire modeling, 1993
  • Auburn University, M.S. Forest biometrics, 1986
  • Auburn University, B.S. Forest Management (Honors Program), 1984
  • Auburn University, Cooperative Education Certificate Practical work experience, 1984

Professional Experience

  • Research Forester (Team Leader), Fire and Fuels Program, PSW Research Station, Forest Service, Riverside, CA
    2011 - Current
  • Supervisory Research Forester (Project Leader), Prescribed Fire and Fire Effects Research Work Unit, Forest Fire Laboratory, PSW Research Station, Forest Service, Riverside, CA
    1994 - 2010
  • Forester, Prescribed Fire and Fire Effects RWU, Forest Fire Laboratory, PSW Research Station, Forest Service, Riverside, CA
    1987 - 1993
  • Forester, Fire Science Adaptations RWU, Southern Forest Fire Laboratory, SE Forest Experiment Station, Forest Service, Macon, GA
    1984 - 1986
  • Student Trainee (Forestry), Fire Science Adaptations RWU, Southern Forest Fire Laboratory, SE Forest Experiment Station, Forest Service, Macon, GA
    1980 - 1983

Professional Organizations

  • Society Of American Foresters, Member (1981 - Current)
    Member

Publications & Products

Research Highlights

HighlightTitleYear


PSW-2011-07
Synthesis of firebrand knowledge and research

Firebrands are an important fire spread mechanism in wildland and urban fires. While known since at least the Great London Fire of 1666, the fi ...

2011


Last updated on : 02/19/2014