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Project ID: 06-1-1-09

Year: 2006

Date Started: 07/07/2006

Date Completed: 02/25/2009

Title: Delivery and Demonstration of a Surface Wind Simulation Tool for Fire Management Decision Support

Project Proposal Abstract: Previous funding from the JFSP has been used to test the utility of commercial engineering software for simulating surface wind flows in support of fire management decisions. Efforts over the last three years have demonstrated that this technology can be very useful as a wildland fire management decision support tool. This proposal requests funding to form a rapid response research team that will support wildland fire management teams with high resolution gridded wind simulations during the 2007-2008 fire seasons. The primary objective will be to use opportunities for supporting IMT incidents to validate, improve and document the utility of the gridded wind technology for fire management decision support. Additionally the team will complete the WindWizard wind simulation tool and supporting user's guide and technical support.

Principal Investigator: Bret W. Butler

Agency/Organization: Forest Service

Branch or Dept: RMRS-Fire Sciences Lab-Missoula

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Branch or Dept

Federal Cooperator

James Saveland

Forest Service

RMRS-Natural Resources Research Center

Project Locations

Fire Science Exchange Network




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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
    304 MS Thesis Modeling Wind in Complex Terrain for Use in Fire Spread Prediction
    4071 Computer Model/Software/Algorithm  
    4072 Conference/Symposia/Workshop WindWizard Training Session
    4073 Training Session An Analysis of Surface Wind Flow Effects on Smoke Jumper Descent Rates and Safety
    4074 Field Demonstration/Tour  
  go to website 4257 Website Research systems.
    4258 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Differences in Simulated Fire Spread Over Askervein Hill Using Two Advanced Wind Models and a Traditional Uniform Wind Field

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