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Introduction to WFDSS - air quality tools

Date: December 12, 2011
Presenter(s): Miriam Rogers

Introduction to WFDSS - Air Quality ToolsSmoke management is an important aspect of managing wildland fire. While mitigating smoke impacts from prescribed burns is important, smoke from large wildfire complexes (such as the AZ/NM fires in 2011) can expose millions of people to significant smoke, with hundreds of thousands living in 'Unhealthy' air on any given day. The U.S. Forest Service AirFire Team has created a unified air quality and smoke tools webpage for wildland fire managers, FMO's, regulators, and others who are concerned with smoke from wildfires and prescribed burns (http://firesmoke.us). This site has been developed as a stand-alone Air Quality Portal add-on to the Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS). The WFDSS-AQ Portal currently includes the following tools: Smoke Guidance Point Forecast; Smoke Guidance Regional Maps; Diurnal Surface Wind Pattern Analysis; Climatological Ventilation Index Point Statistics; Current Air Quality Conditions Map; Fire Information & Smoke Trajectories; and Customized Fuels, Consumption, & Smoke Modeling. Miriam Rorig, a research meteorologist with the AirFire Team, will walk through each of the tools, and discuss their uses and limitations. This webinar was hosted by the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center, the Joint Fire Science Program, and the International Association of Wildland Fire.

Topic(s): Fire Behavior, Weather, Fire Effects, Ecological - First Order, Emissions, Smoke & Air Quality, Fire & Smoke Models
Ecosystem(s): None
Type: Webinar
NRFSN number: 12865
FRAMES RCS number: 11551
Record updated: Nov 14, 2017