Smoke management meteorology
Document Type: Book Chapter
Author(s): Sue A. Ferguson
Editor(s): Colin C. Hardy; Roger D. Ottmar; Janice L. Peterson; John E. Core; Paula Seamon
Publication Year: 2001

Cataloging Information

  • atmospheric moisture
  • atmospheric stability
  • FERA - Fire and Environmental Research Applications Team
  • lapse rate
  • smoke dispersion
  • smoke management
  • wildland fire
  • wind
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Record Last Modified: December 13, 2016
FRAMES Record Number: 1483


Once smoke enters the atmosphere, its concentration at any one place or time depends on mechanisms of transport and dispersion. By transport, we mean whatever carries a plume vertically or horizontally in the atmosphere. Dispersion simply is the scattering of smoke. Vertical transport is controlled by the buoyancy of the smoke plume and stability of the atmosphere. Horizontal transport is controlled by wind. The larger the volume of space that smoke is allowed to enter and the farther it can be transported, the more disperse and less concentrated it will become.

Online Link(s):
Ferguson, Sue A. 2001. Smoke management meteorology. In Hardy, Colin C.; Ottmar, Roger D.; Peterson, Janice L.; Core, John E.; Seamon, Paula (Ed.), Smoke Management Guide for Prescribed and Wildland Fire: 2001 Edition. PMS 420-2, NFES 1279. National Wildfire Coordinating Group, Fire Use Working Team. Boise, ID. Chapter 7, pp. 121-138.