Use of MODIS products to simplify and evaluate a forest fire plume dispersion model for
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Sarah B. Henderson; B. Burkholder; P. L. Jackson; M. Brauer; C. Ichoku
Publication Year: 2008

Cataloging Information

  • aerosols
  • air quality
  • Alberta
  • British Columbia
  • Canada
  • decay
  • dispersion modeling
  • fire management
  • fire size
  • forest fire smoke
  • forest management
  • health factors
  • Idaho
  • MODIS products
  • Montana
  • pollution
  • public health
  • remote sensing
  • smoke effects
  • smoke management
  • statistical analysis
  • Washington
  • wildfires
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Tall Timbers Record Number: 23216
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Plume dispersion models may improve assessment of the health effects associated with forest fire smoke, but they require considerable expertise in atmospheric and fire sciences to initialize and evaluate. Products from MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) sensors can simplify the process by providing (1) estimates of fire location, size and emission rates, and (2) data useful for assessing model output. By grouping individual MODIS fire pixels into discrete events we simulated the growth and decay of large fires and estimated their total burned area. Radiative power measurements for each fire pixel were multiplied against a fuel-specific coefficient to estimate particle emission rates. Using the CALMET/CALPUFF package we modeled the dispersion of these particles throughout a 325,000 km2 area with complex terrain. Moderate agreement (mean r = 0.61) between estimated and measured

Henderson, S. B., B. Burkholder, P. L. Jackson, M. Brauer, and C. Ichoku. 2008. Use of MODIS products to simplify and evaluate a forest fire plume dispersion model for. Atmospheric Environment, v. 42, no. 36, p. 8524-8532. 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2008.05.008.