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Project ID: 04-1-1-04

Year: 2004

Date Started: 07/23/2004

Date Completed: 05/16/2008

Title: Real Time Monitoring of the Three Dimensional Distribution of Smoke Aerosol Levels from Prescribed Fires and Wildfires

Project Proposal Abstract: The proposal addresses AFP 2004-1, Task 1. The goal of this project is to demonstrate and implement the most advanced technologies for measurements of smoke particulates in real-time. It will focus on obtaining and documenting critical, time-sensitive information on the three-dimensional distribution of smoke particulate concentration over extended areas around and close to prescribed fires and wildfires. Plume rise and smoke dispersion also will be directly measured with remote sensing optical instrumentation. The project objectives will be achieved by using the most advanced remotely-sensed, fast-response Light Detection And Ranging (lidar) and a set of in-situ optical instrumentation. The information on particulate levels will allow fire and air quality managers to assess smoke effects on visibility and public and firefighter health in near real-time. Such measurements will also provide critical information on plume heights and aerosol levels to validate smoke dispersion models operated by the Forest Service Consortia for Advanced Modeling of Meteorology and Smoke (FCAMMS).

Principal Investigator: Wei Min M. Hao

Agency/Organization: Forest Service

Branch or Dept: RMRS-Fire Sciences Lab-Missoula

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Branch or Dept

Co-Principal Investigator

Vladimir Kovalev

Forest Service

RMRS-Forestry Sciences Lab-Missoula

Co-Principal Investigator

Ronald A. Susott

Forest Service

RMRS-Fire Sciences Lab-Missoula

Federal Cooperator

Wei Min M. Hao

Forest Service

RMRS-Fire Sciences Lab-Missoula

Project Locations





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Project Deliverables

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("Results presented in JFSP Final Reports may not have been peer-reviewed and should be interpreted as tentative until published in a peer-reviewed source.")

  ID Type Title
    56 Ph.D. Dissertation Development of Lidar Techniques to Estimate Atmospheric Optical Properties (M. Adam)
    3114 Journal Article Aerosol Optical Characterization by Nephelometer and Lidar During the Baltimore PM Supersite
    1296 Field Demonstration/Tour  
    1304 Field Demonstration/Tour  
  go to website 1305 Website  

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