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Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Chang-Bok Rim; Kum-Chol Om; Guoyu Ren; Su-Song Kim; Hyok-Chol Kim; O. Kang-Chol
Publication Date: 2018

The Weather Research and Forecasting model (WRF) includes a wildland fire-behavior module, WRF-Fire, which simulates wildland fire interactions with the atmosphere. Combining the WRF model with the coupled weather–wildland fire model allows simulations of wildland fire propagation. In this paper, we have chosen the method that performs simulation of wildfire spread progress coupled with prepared weather data as soon as a wildfire is found. In simulation of the weather field data, a one-way nest model is used with a grid resolution of 1 km. The high-resolution Digital Elevation Model (DEM) data (0.002° × 0.002°) and fuel distribution maps based on forest type data were used. We demonstrated the potential for establishing a real-time wildland fire forecasting system using WRF-Fire model based on the existing conditions and computing resources for weather condition at fire monitoring stations, which can be applied in monitoring and forecasting of the wildland fire disasters in the area of the country.

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Citation: Rim, Chang-Bok; Om, Kum-Chol; Ren, Guoyu; Kim, Su-Song; Kim, Hyok-Chol; Kang-Chol, O. 2018. Establishment of a wildfire forecasting system based on coupled weather-wildfire modeling. Applied Geography 90:224-228.

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  • atmosphere fire model
  • DEM - digital elevation model
  • fire propagation
  • forecasting
  • wildland fire
  • WRF - Weather Research and Forecasting
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