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Title

Atmospheric interactions with wildland fire behaviour - I. Basic surface interactions, vertical profiles and synoptic structures
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Brian E. Potter
Publication Year: 2012

Cataloging Information

Keyword(s):
  • atmospheric moisture
  • Australia
  • fire growth
  • fire management
  • frontal systems
  • fuel management
  • fuel moisture
  • literature review
  • litter
  • moisture
  • radiation
  • rate of spread
  • solar radiation
  • stability
  • wildfires
  • wind
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 13173
Tall Timbers Record Number: 27903
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Journals - I
TTRS Abstract Status: Okay, Fair use, Reproduced by permission

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Description

This paper is the first of two reviewing scientific literature from 100 years of research addressing interactions between the atmosphere and fire behaviour. These papers consider research on the interactions between the fuels burning at any instant and the atmosphere, and the interactions between the atmosphere and those fuels that will eventually burn in a given fire. This first paper reviews the progression from the surface atmospheric properties of temperature, humidity and wind to horizontal and vertical synoptic structures and ends with vertical atmospheric profiles. (The companion paper addresses plume dynamics and vortices.) The review reveals several unanswered questions, as well as findings from previous studies that appear forgotten in current research and concludes with suggestions for areas of future research.

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Citation:
Potter, Brian E. 2012. Atmospheric interactions with wildland fire behaviour - I. Basic surface interactions, vertical profiles and synoptic structures. International Journal of Wildland Fire 21(7):779-801.