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The NRFSN research and publications database leads users to regionally relevant fire science. There are more than 4,000 documents, which have been carefully categorized by the NRFSN to highlight topics and ecosystems important in the Northern Rockies Region. Categorized resources include records from the Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP), Fire Research and Management Exchange System (FRAMES), and Fire Effects Information System (FEIS).

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The damage caused by forest fire to forestry resources and economy is quite serious. As one of the most important characters of early forest fire, smoke is widely used as a signal of forest fire. In this paper, we propose a novel forest fire smoke detection method based on computer vision and diffusion model. Unlike the video-based...
Author(s): Yu Gao, Pengle Cheng
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
There is an urgent need for next-generation smoke research and forecasting (SRF) systems to meet the challenges of the growing air quality, health and safety concerns associated with wildland fire emissions. This review paper presents simulations and experiments of hypothetical prescribed burns with a suite of selected fire...
Author(s): Yongqiang Liu, Adam K. Kochanski, Kirk R. Baker, William E. Mell, Rodman Linn, Ronan Paugam, Jan Mandel, Aimé Fournier, Mary Ann Jenkins, Scott L. Goodrick, Gary Achtemeier, Fengjun Zhao, Roger D. Ottmar, Nancy H. F. French, Narasimhan K. Larkin, Timothy J. Brown, Andrew T. Hudak, Matthew B. Dickinson, Brian E. Potter, Craig B. Clements, Shawn P. Urbanski, Susan J. Prichard, Adam C. Watts, Derek McNamara
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Fire is a dynamic ecological process in forests and impacts the carbon (C) cycle through direct combustion emissions, tree mortality, and by impairing the ability of surviving trees to sequester carbon. While studies on young trees have demonstrated that fire intensity is a determinant of post-fire net primary productivity, wildland...
Author(s): Aaron M. Sparks, Crystal A. Kolden, Alistair M. S. Smith, Luigi Boschetti, Daniel M. Johnson, Mark A. Cochrane
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildland fire emissions are routinely estimated in the US Environmental Protection Agency’s National Emissions Inventory, specifically for fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and precursors to ozone (O3); however, there is a large amount of uncertainty in this sector. We employ a brute-force zero-out sensitivity method to estimate the...
Author(s): Joseph L. Wilkins, George A. Pouliot, Kristen Foley, Wyat Appel, Thomas E. Pierce
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Fire is a fundamental Earth system process and the primary ecosystem disturbance on the global scale. It affects carbon and water cycles through changing terrestrial ecosystems, and at the same time, is regulated by weather and climate, vegetation characteristics, and, importantly, human ignitions and suppression (i.e., the direct...
Author(s): Fang Li, David M. Lawrence, Ben Bond-Lamberty
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Weather is an important factor that determines smoke development, which is essential information for planning smoke field measurements. This study identifies the synoptic systems that would favor to produce the desired smoke plumes for the Fire and Smoke Model Evaluation Experiment (FASMEE). Daysmoke and PB-Piedmont (PB-P) models...
Author(s): Yongqiang Liu, Scott L. Goodrick, Gary Achtemeier
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Photochemical grid models such as the Community Multiscale Air Quality Model (CMAQ) are used to estimate local to continental scale O3, PM, and haze for scientific and regulatory assessments. Field data from specific and well characterized wildland fires is critically important to improve wildland fire emissions estimation...
Author(s): Kirk R. Baker, Thomas E. Pierce
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
The objective of FASMEE is to obtain measurements that can be used to evaluate and advance operational smoke models. Among the focus areas listed in the FON task statements are the modeling of fire growth, fire behavior, and plume development. In current operational models, the physical processes driving fire growth, fire behavior,...
Author(s): William E. Mell, Rodman Linn
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
The goal of this project was to develop the Plume Dynamics and Meteorology portion of the Study Plan for the Fire and Smoke Model Evaluation Experiment (FASMEE). The Investigators participated in regular meetings with the other discipline leads, modeling leads, and the science leadership team; field trips to examine potential sites...
Author(s): Brian E. Potter, Craig B. Clements
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
This proposed study was in response to the Joint Fire Sciences FA-FON0016-0004 Fire and Smoke Model Evaluation Experiment (FASMEE) Task 5 - Modeling leads. The purpose was to evaluate Daysmoke and PB-Piedmont (PB-P) models to provide information for the FASMEE Phase 2 design. Daysmoke is a local smoke plume dispersion and transport...
Author(s): Yongqiang Liu, Scott L. Goodrick, Gary Achtemeier
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper

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