Acoustic echo sounding systems: their potential in forest fire control and research
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): D. W. Beran
Publication Year: 1975

Cataloging Information

  • fire control
  • fire suppression
  • heat
  • heat effects
  • weather observations
  • wildfires
  • wind
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 32912
Tall Timbers Record Number: 7022
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Journals-J
TTRS Abstract Status: Okay, Fair use, Reproduced by permission

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Stability of the atmosphere at different levels is one important factor affecting the behavior of forest fires, but the measurement of stability and other atmospheric phenomena is complex and difficult. The acoustic echo sounder shows promise for measuring these parameters and for monitoring the pattern of air flow superimposed on the ambient atmosphere by an intense heat source, such as a forest fire. It is particularly well suited for monitoring the depth of stable inversion layers and for providing a qualitative indication of the degree of stabiliity in the lower atmosphere. The addition of a Doppler capability to acoustic systems has also made it possible to sense remotely a vertical profile of the total wind vector to heights of 500 m.© Society of American Foresters, Bethesda, MD. Abstract reproduced by permission.

Online Link(s):
Beran, D. W. 1975. Acoustic echo sounding systems: their potential in forest fire control and research. Journal of Forestry, v. 73, no. 10, p. 633-639.