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Capturing fire: RxCADRE takes fire measurements to whole new level

Author(s): Gail Wells
Year Published: 2013

Models of fire behavior and effects do not always make accurate predictions, and there is not enough systematically gathered data to validate them. To help advance fire behavior and fire effects model development, the Joint Fire Science Program is helping fund the RxCADRE, which is made up of scientists from the U.S. Forest Service and several universities who orchestrate and collect data on prescribed burns in the southeastern United States. The RxCADRE-prescribed burns are yielding a comprehensive dataset of fire behavior, fire effects, and smoke chemistry and dynamics, with measurements taken systematically at multiple, cascading scales. RxCADRE data will help scientists and modelers test their models and develop better ones, ultimately making models more reliable. The RxCADRE team is pioneering new data-gathering technologies and new approaches to collaborative science.

Citation: Wells, Gail. 2013. Capturing fire: RxCADRE takes fire measurements to whole new level. Joint Fire Science Program; Fire Science Digest. August 2013(16): 1-12.
Topic(s): Fire Behavior, Data Evaluation or Data Analysis for Fire Modeling
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Research Brief or Fact Sheet
Hot Topic(s): Fire Behavior Prediction
NRFSN number: 12425
FRAMES RCS number: 16112
Record updated: Jun 12, 2018