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Warren E. Heilman

Climate, Fire, and Carbon Cycle Sciences
E-mail: Contact Warren E. Heilman
Research Meteorologist
3101 Technology Blvd., Ste. F
Lansing, MI 48910
Phone: 517-884-8063
Fax: 517-355-5121


Current Research

My current research is focused on (1) developing new predictive tools for fire-weather, fire behavior, and air quality in support of the Forest Service's Fire and Fuels R&D Strategy, (2) examining fire-fuel-atmosphere interactions, turbulence regimes, and local dispersion of smoke during wildland fire events, and (3) examining the effects of climate variability and landscape change on fire-weather patterns over the U.S.

Research Interests

In support of the Forest Service’s Fire and Fuels R&D Strategy and the new Northern Station’s priority research themes, my future research ideas include an examination of

  • atmospheric turbulence processes involved in extreme fire behavior,
  • the dynamics of pollutant formation and transport in the vicinity of wildland and prescribed fires, and
  • the interacting effects of regional climate change/variability, landscape change, and pollutant emissions on forest health in the Great Lakes region.
  • Past Research

  • Remote Sensing of Canopy Temperatures
  • Atmospheric Turbulence Modeling over Complex Terrain and Vegetated Surfaces
  • Integration of Improved Deposition Velocity, Aerosol Coagulation, and Intefacial Volume Chemical Flux Parameterizations within EPA's Air Quality Models
  • Synoptic Circulation, Temperature, and Moisture Patterns Associated with Wildland Fires
  • Atmospheric Boundary-Layer Dynamics in the Vicinity of Wildland Fires
  • Climate and Air Quality Conditions in the Ozark-Ouachita Highlands Region of Southern Missouri, Arkansas, and Eastern Oklahoma
  • Development of Online Climate Variability and Atmospheric-Related Disturbance Information Systems for Natural Resource Managers
  • Impacts of Greenhouse Gases on Forest Microclimates
  • Ozone Pollution in the North Central and Northeastern U.S.: Current and Future Landscape Change Impacts on Ozone Risk to Forests
  • Why This Research is Important

    This research is important because it

  • increases our fundamental understanding of how the atmosphere interacts with forest and rangeland ecosystems,
  • increases our understanding of those atmospheric processes that impact disturbance frequency and severity, and
  • lays the foundation for the development of new predictive tools to anticipate weather and climate-related disturbances and their effects on ecosystem health and human health and safety.
  • Education

    • Iowa State University, Ph.D. Meteorology, 1988
    • Iowa State University, M.S. Meteorology, 1984
    • South Dakota State University, B.S. Physics, 1979

    Professional Experience

    • Supervisory Research Meteorologist, USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station
      2009 - Current
    • Research Meteorologist, USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station
      2007 - 2009
    • Project Leader/Research Meteorologist, USDA Forest Service, North Central Research Station
      1993 - 2007
    • Acting Project Leader/Research Meteorologist, USDA Forest Service, North Central Research Station
      1992 - 1993
    • Research Meteorologist, USDA Forest Service, North Central Research Station
      1990 - 1992
    • Research Scientist, Computer Sciences Corporation
      1988 - 1989
    • Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences, Iowa State University
      1985 - 1988
    • Instructor, Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences, Iowa State University
      1984 - 1985
    • Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant, Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences, Iowa State University
      1981 - 1984
    • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Physics, Iowa State University
      1980 - 1981
    • Research Assistant, Radiological and Environmental Research Division, Argonne National Laboratory
      1980 - 1980
    • Research Assistant, Remote Sensing Institute, South Dakota State University
      1978 - 1980
    • Research Assistant, Department of Physics, South Dakota State University
      1979 - 1979

    Professional Organizations

    • American Geophysical Union, Full Member (2009 - Current)
    • International Association of Wildland Fire, Full Member (2007 - Current)
    • American Meteorological Society, Full Member (1984 - Current)
    • Sigma Pi Sigma (Society of Physics Students), Full Member (1978 - Current)
    • National Fire Protection Association, Full Member (1992 - 1997)

    Featured Publications & Products

    Publications & Products

    National Research Highlights

    HighlightTitleYear


    NRS-2010-003
    Advancing Understanding of Atmospheric Interactions with Wildfires

    Through partnerships with San Jose State University, Michigan State University, and the Silas Little Experimental Forest, modeling and experimen ...

    2010


    NRS-2011-07
    Fireflux Experiments Improve Safety of Prescribed Burns in the New Jersey Pine Barrens

    Predicting the effects of smoke from low-intensity prescribed fires on local air-quality is being made easier by new tools developed by Forest S ...

    2011


    NRS-2013-044
    Modeling Tool Improves Smoke Dispersion Predictions During Low-Intensity Fires

    Forest Service scientists developed a new modeling tool to improve predictions of local smoke transport during low-intensity wildland fires in f ...

    2013


    Last updated on : 12/15/2014