Each year, tens of thousands of wildland fires cover millions of acres across the United States,
causing billions of dollars of damage. Forest Service scientists conduct cutting-edge work in wildland fire research and develop tools, methods, and applications to improve our understanding and management of fire, fuel, and smoke. AWAE research in Fire & Fuel Sciences is focused on knowledge discovery and development, and modeling and synthesis as they relate to the understanding of physical fire processes, fuel science, and emissions source-strength. The National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy provides important context for much of our work in wildland fire.
Physical Fire Processes
The fundamental, multi-scale, physical processes the govern fire behavior, including combustion processes, heat and energy transfer processes, and fuel-fire-atmosphere interactions and dynamics in complex fuel beds and environments. Learn more about the most current science findings and tools relevant to management of aquatic systems in fire prone landscapes at the AWAE Fire & Aquatic Ecosystems page.
Characterization of smoke emissions from wildland fire, including chemical speciation, rate(s) of production, and plume dynamics from the surface/source to the point in the atmosphere of neutral buoyancy.
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