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Northern Research Station
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
Madison, WI 53726
(608) 231-9200
(608) 231-9544 TTY/TDD

Climate, Fire, and Carbon Cycle Sciences

Fire, Fuel, and Atmosphere Interactions

[Photo:] Wildland fire and smoke encroach on lakeside homes.Fire-fuel-atmosphere interaction research addresses many of the components of the Core Fire Science and Ecological and Environmental Fire Science portfolios of the national Wildland Fire and Fuels Research and Development Strategic Plan.  Research involves (1) examining the fundamental physical processes that govern fire behavior at multiple scales, including fire-fuel-atmosphere interactions and dynamics in complex fuelbeds and environments, such as the wildland-urban-interface; (2) assessing how larger scale spatial and temporal processes and factors such as regional climate patterns and variability, landscape-level management strategies, and spatial fuel variability, influence fire behavior; (3) developing new and improved atmospheric indices and fuel characterization for fire danger assessment systems; and (4) developing information and tools to predict and model fire effects on air quality, including smoke transport, regional haze, and atmospheric chemistry.  The basic and applied research conducted in this problem area, in collaboration and partnership with the user community, provides the foundation for the development of new, real-time predictive tools and science applications for fire and air quality management.

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Last Modified: 02/22/2021