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Embracing complexity to advance the science of wildland fire behavior

Author(s): Kara M. Yedinak, Eva K. Strand, J. Kevin Hiers, J. Morgan Varner
Year Published: 2018
Description:

Wildland fire behavior research has largely focused on the steady-state interactions between fuels and heat fluxes. Contemporary research is revealing new questions outside the bounds of this simplified approach. Here, we explore the complex interactions taking place beyond steady-state assumptions through acknowledging the manufactured separation of research disciplines in fire science and the dynamic interactions that unfold when these separations are removed. Through a series of examples spanning at least four research disciplines and three ranges of spatial scale, we illustrate that by precisely defining parameters in a way that holds across scales and relaxing one steady-state simplification, we begin to capture the inherent variability that has largely eluded the fire behavior community. Through exploring examples of 'deep interdependence,' we make the case that fire behavior science is well equipped to launch forward into more complex lines of inquiry

Citation: Yedinak, Kara M.; Strand, Eva K.; Hiers, J. Kevin; Varner, J. Morgan. 2018. Embracing complexity to advance the science of wildland fire behavior. Fire 1(2):20.
Topic(s): Fire Behavior
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Book or Chapter or Journal Article
NRFSN number: 17920
FRAMES RCS number: 56119
Record updated: Jul 10, 2018