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Weather, fuels, fire behavior, plumes, and smoke - the nexus of fire meteorology

Posted date: September 22, 2017
Publication Year: 
2017
Authors: Goodrick, Scott L.; Brown, Timothy J.; Jolly, William M.
Publication Series: 
Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Source: Fire Management Today.

Abstract

In a pair of review papers, Potter (2012a, 2012b) summarized the significant fire weather research findings over about the past hundred years. Our scientific understanding of wildland fire-atmosphere interactions has evolved: from simple correlations supporting the notion that hot, dry, and windy conditions lead to more intense fires, we have moved towards more mechanistic and physical descriptions of governing processes such as fuel moisture dynamics, wind-driven fire spread, the influence of vortices, and plume dynamics. Our advances are important not only for the sake of scientific knowledge but also for the sake of transferring new knowledge into applications for decisionmaking.

Citation

Goodrick, Scott L.; Brown, Timothy J.; Jolly, W. Matt. 2017. Weather, fuels, fire behavior, plumes, and smoke - the nexus of fire meteorology. Fire Management Today. 75(1): 33-38.
Research Topics: 
Fire; Climatology; Climate Change
National Strategic Program Areas: 
Wildland Fire and Fuels