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Project ID: 11-2-1-11

Year: 2012

Date Started: 10/01/2011

Date Completed: 09/29/2014

Title: Data Set for Fuels, Fire Behavior, Smoke, and Fire Effects Model Development and Evaluation

Project Proposal Abstract: The availability of integrated, quality-assured fuels, fire, and atmospheric data for development and evaluation of fuels, fire behavior, smoke, and fire effects models is limited. The lack of co-located, multi-scale measures of pre-fire fuels, active fire processes, and post-fire effects hinders our ability to tackle fundamental fire science questions. This proposal presents a research plan to focus on integrated, fine-scale and unit-scale measurements of fuel characteristics, fuel consumption, meteorology and plume dynamics, fire behavior, heat release, emissions, and fire effects in southeastern grasslands and pine forests. This is a large, robust effort that will target the critical data needs for evaluation and further development of fire and smoke models/tools such WFDS, FIRETEC, FOFEM, Consume, BlueSky, Daysmoke, and others. Participants from the Southern, Rocky Mountain, Pacific Northwest, Pacific Southwest, and Northern Research Stations, San Jose State University, University of Montana, Rochester Institute of Technology, and other research entities with operational support from the Department of Defense (DoD), and the Remote Sensing Applications Center (RSAC), offer a wide range of fuel, fire behavior, meteorology, smoke, and fire behavior monitoring expertise and equipment to instrument a minimum of six prescribed fires ranging in size from 50 to 1,000 hectares. Specifically, this proposal will: 1) quantify fuel characteristics and consumption across scales using standard methods, and with aerial and ground-based LiDAR, 2) measure fire-atmosphere interactions, plume dynamics, and ambient meteorological conditions, 3) measure surface fire behavior, 4) approach closure of the fire heat budget from measurements and estimates of total and effective heat of combustion and radiative, convective, latent, and soil heat dissipation, 5) characterize smoke emissions at the source and downwind from the fire, and 6) characterize first order fire effects. All data from the research will be quality assured by internal peer review and stored in a centrally managed repository such as the Smoke and Emission Model Intercomparison Project (SEMIP, JFSP 09-1-01-7) and/or the Fire Research and Management Exchange System (FRAMES). Peer-reviewed results from these experimental fires will be multi-authored and integrated across the various disciplinary aspects of the project, providing comprehensive assessment of fire as a physical process. An informational exchange website will be established. The primary scientific results will be published in technical papers in a special issue of Forest Ecology and Management, the International Journal of Wildland Fire, the Canadian Journal of Forest Research, or another similar outlet. Preceding special issue publication, all key participants will present results in person at local, regional, and national venues.

Principal Investigator: Roger D. Ottmar

Agency/Organization: Forest Service

Branch or Dept: PNW-Seattle-Managing Natural Disturbances

Other Project Collaborators




Branch or Dept

Agreements Contact

Susan T. Major

Forest Service

RMRS-Rocky Mountain Research Station

Budget Contact

Edith M. Cates

Forest Service

RMRS-Rocky Mountain Research Station

Co-Principal Investigator

Bret W. Butler

Forest Service

RMRS-Fire Sciences Lab-Missoula

Co-Principal Investigator

Craig B. Clements

San Jose University

Department of Meteorology

Co-Principal Investigator

Matthew B. Dickinson

Forest Service

NRS-Forest Health-Sustaining Forests

Co-Principal Investigator

Joseph J. O’Brien

Forest Service

SRS-Ctr for Forest Disturbance Science

Co-Principal Investigator

Brian E. Potter

Forest Service

PNW-Seattle-Managing Natural Disturbances

Federal Cooperator

Roger D. Ottmar

Forest Service

PNW-Seattle-Managing Natural Disturbances

Project Locations

Fire Science Exchange Network









Other Federal Lands

Project Deliverables

Final Report view or print

("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
view or print   3536 Journal Article International Association of Wildland Fire
view or print   3537 Journal Article International Association of Wildland Fire, Missoula, Montana, USA
view or print   7586 Photo RxCADRE prescribed burn in 2012
view or print   7587 Photo Ignition of research burn for the RxCADRE project in 2012.
view or print   7588 Photo EPA emissions sampling balloon
view or print   7589 Photo Ignition of RxCADRE research burn
view or print   7590 Photo Clipping biomas for characterizing fuels
view or print   7591 Photo Remote-piloted aircraft for capturing infrared and visble imagery of fire spread
  go to website 7592 Website RxCADRE website
  go to website 7593 Website RxCADRE website
view or print   7594 Photo RxCADRE research burn

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