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Eastern Area Modeling Consortium

The Eastern Area Modeling Consortium (EAMC) is a multi-agency coalition of researchers, fire managers, air-quality managers, and natural resource managers at the Federal, State, and local levels working to

  • Increase understanding of fire behavior and smoke dispersion
  • Expand knowledge of the physics of fire-atmosphere interactions on all scales
  • Enhance ability to predict and respond to the dangers of prescribed fires and wildfires
  • Develop products and transfer new technologies related to national and regional fire-weather and air-quality dynamics

The EAMC was founded in 2001 under the auspices of the interagency National Fire Plan to provide research products and associated technology to serve the needs of the fire management community, air resource managers, scientists, and policymakers. More

[photo:] Mack Lake fire in jack pine approaches lake front housespacerHot Topics

Results from the FireFlux field experiment, the first comprehensive grass fire field experiment involving in situ measurements of atmospheric turbulence and dynamics in a fire environment, have been published in the September 2007 issue of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (reference below).  The Eastern Area Modeling Consortium in collaboration with the University of Houston and the Southern High Resolution Modeling Consortium designed and set up an atmospheric monitoring network within a 155 acre tall grass prairie at the Houston Coastal Center southeast of Houston, TX.  The experimental burn at the HCC took place on 23 February 2006 and was allowed to burn through the monitoring network.  Measurements made during the experimental burn were aimed at providing a better understanding of wildland grass fires and providing a dataset for fire-atmosphere model development and validation.  For a complete description of the FireFlux experiment and results, click on the link below:

Clements, C. B., S. Zhong, S. Goodrick, J. Li, B. E. Potter, X. Bian, W. E. Heilman, J. J. Charney, R. Perna, M. Jang, D. Lee, M. Patel, S. Street, and G. Aumann.  2007.  Observing the dynamics of wildland grass fires: FireFlux – A field validation experiment.  Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 88:1369-1382.

[image:] Eastern Area Modeling Consortium Fire Weather & Air Quality Research

Last Modified: 09/11/2008