Multi-scale analyses of wildland fire combustion processes in open-canopied forests using coupled and iteratively informed laboratory-, field-, and model-based approaches.

Skowronski , N. et al. Manuscript in preparation. Multi-scale analyses of wildland fire combustion processes in open-canopied forests using coupled and iteratively informed laboratory-, field-, and model-based approaches.

Abstract: The goals of this research are to: 1. Improve understanding of the processes driving heat transfer, ignition, thermal degradation, flaming and smoldering combustion, mass consumption, and fire propagation at the scale of individual fuel particles and fuel layers in low-intensity surface fires; 2. Develop an understanding of how fuel consumption is affected by spatial variability in fuel particle type, fuel moisture status, bulk density, and horizontal and vertical arrangement of fuel components in low-intensity surface fires; 3. Increase understanding of the effects of multi-scale atmospheric dynamics, including ambient and fire- and forest overstory-induced turbulence, on fire spread and convective heat transfer in low-intensity surface fires, and; 4. Ensure that the measurements undertaken support the development and validation of physics-based fire behavior models using an iterative approach consisting of laboratory, field, and model simulations.

April 2017 Newsletter

In this month's Newsletter:
NAFSE's Activities:  Burning Issues Talks Posted, Webinars
NAFSE's Upcoming Events: Webinar, Workshop, Field trip
Upcoming Events: Conferences, Webinars, Training Courses
Call for Input: Prescribed Fire Materials Survey
In The News: Mapping Rx Fires, Human Ignitions, 1963 Newsreel, Stockton Student Video, Teaching Children to 'Play' with Fire
New Tool: Eastern Area Prescribed Fire Burn Window
Job Announcement: Northeastern Forest Fire Protection Compact Executive Director
North Atlantic Fire Science Resource Highlights: US Fire Administration's National Emergency Training Center Library, Fire History of the Appalachian Region
Photos: Recent NAFSE and Regional Events

Canada focus: Extreme fire analysis of New England and Atlantic provinces

This is the latest research brief in our Canadian focused line-up, which also includes a field trip and webinar in September to share compelling fire science between the U.S. and Canada in the North Atlantic region. This research brief summarizes a paper by Lloyd Irland, which focused on the fire history of extreme fires in New England, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. 

Recent Research: Fire management and carbon in pine barrens forests

Check out this February 2015 research brief highlighting a new prescribed fire and carbon paper by Clark, Skowronski, and Gallagher.

This paper was part of a special fire science issue of the Journal of Sustainable Forestry. The special issue arose out of the February 2014 Fire Ecology of the Northeast conference co-sponsored by the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and the Tall Timbers research station.

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Author: Inga La Puma; Authors of Paper: Ken Clark, Nick Skowronski and Mike Gallagher

NJ Pinelands Prescribed Burn Research Project Video: Northern Research Station Overview of Project

In 2014, with assistance from the New Jersey State Forestry Services, U.S. Forest Service and international researchers from the United Kingdom and Russia teamed up to collect data on a prescribed fire conducted in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey.

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Fire Behavior Reference Guide

National Wildfire Coordinating Group Reference Guide Website. The Fire Behavior Field Reference Guide (FBFRG) was developed as a hands-on user tool for field going Fire Behavior Analysts (FBANs) and Long Term Fire Analysts (LTANs) along with various operation personnel.  The guide contains helpful references to fuels, weather, fuel models and terrain features that are vital to field going fire managers.

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