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Fire Combustion Experiment Produces Big Data Set to Validate a New Generation of Fire Models

Photo of Researchers prepare to launch a balloon into a smoke plume to measure emissions during an operational scale fires at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Roger Ottmar, USDA Forest ServiceResearchers prepare to launch a balloon into a smoke plume to measure emissions during an operational scale fires at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Roger Ottmar, USDA Forest ServiceSnapshot : Three operational scale fires (about 494-988 acres) and six fine scale (about 328-656 foot blocks) replicate units at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, were ignited in fall 2012, allowing researchers to conduct simultaneous experiments on fuels, meteorology, fire behavior, heat balance, smoke, and fire effects.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Ottmar, Roger D. 
Research Location : Florida
Research Station : Pacific Northwest Research Station (PNW)
Year : 2013
Highlight ID : 515

Summary

The prescribed Fire Combustion and Atmospheric Dynamics Research Experiment (RxCADRE) ignited in 2012 at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, allowed researchers to conduct simultaneous experiments on fuels, meteorology, fire behavior, heat balance, smoke, and fire effects. The experiment, involving 90 scientists and technicians, will provide a high quality, integrated fire data set for testing, evaluation, and validating next-generation fire models. The project targeted critical data needs outlined by members of the fire modeling community. All data collected and accompanying metadata are being uploaded into the U.S. Forest Service Research and Development archival repository and will be available to scientists around the globe by September 30, 2014. The Discovery Channel Canada gathered footage and broadcast a 6-minute segment. The International Journal of Wildfire has agreed to sponsor a special issue, scheduled for 2014, with 10 articles dedicated to the RxCADRE project.

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  • Northern Research Station
  • Pacific Southwest Research Station
  • Rocky Mountain Research Station
  • Southern Research Station
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • NASA
  • San Jose State University
  • U.S. Department of Defense, Air Force, Eglin Air Force Base, Jackson Guard and Eglin Air Force Base Test Wing
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • University of Alaska
  • University of Idaho
  • University of Montana

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