Fire and Smoke Model Evaluation Experiment (FASMEE) - Final Report to the Joint Fire Science Program
Document Type: Report
Author(s): Roger D. Ottmar; Narasimhan K. Larkin; Tim J. Brown; Nancy H. F. French
Publication Year: 2019

Cataloging Information

  • chemistry
  • energy release
  • experiments
  • FASMEE - Fire and Smoke Model Evaluation Experiment
  • fire modeling
  • fuel consumption
  • large fire
  • plume rise
  • project management
  • smoke dispersion
  • smoke modeling
  • smoke transport
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Record Last Modified: August 28, 2020
FRAMES Record Number: 61820


The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) and the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) initiated the Fire and Smoke Model Experiment (FASMEE) ( by funding Project 15-S-01-01 to identify and collect a set of critical measurements that will be used to advance wildland fire science knowledge and fire and smoke modeling capabilities. The project provided core leadership that developed a robust study plan and costing for a field campaign that would gather a novel set of observations, evaluate a selected set of models and use this information to advance operationally used fire and smoke modeling systems.  FASMEE, with the support of the JFSP, leveraged several agency resources including the US Forest Service, National Science Foundation (NFS),National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)to successfully initiate the western wildfire campaign, the first of three data collection campaigns identified in the FASMEE study plan. FASMEE was portioned into three phases including analysis and planning (Phase 1), data collection (Phase 2), and future improvements (Phase 3). Phase 1 is complete, with the study plan as the main deliverable. The plan includes science questions, data measurements and specifications, and burn recommendations that serve to guide planning.  The plan has been published in the scientific literature with a second, more detailed review draft that will be published and distributed as a Pacific Northwest Research Station General Technical Report.  The team also provided the Notice of Intent and the Funding Opportunity Notice for the data collection participation request and has presented FASMEE at symposia, conferences and training sessions.  Finally, the western wildfire campaign was initiated as part of the data collection Phase 2 with the development of a fuels map based on airborne LiDAR, initial field data collection, and modeled source characterization for wildfires flown by the National Science Foundation supported WE-CAN and BB-FLUX projects in 2018 and eventually for the NOAA and NASA FIREX-AQ project in 2019.Specific deliverables for this JFSP project include: 1) Provided overall leadership of FASMEE through the planning and design Phase1; 2) In conjunction with JFSP, leveraged FASMEE with other partners including the Forest Service, NSF, NOAA, NASA, EPA and SERDP; 3) Interviewed key scientists and established a science and modeling team that identified observational measurement requirements and core models to be used for validating the experimental design; 4) Identified host agencies and data collection research sites for Phase 2; 5) Developed a NOI and FON for the initial modeling and observational design work; 6) Identified requirements and a team to oversee the logistical and planning of Phase 2; 7) Completed, submitted, and distributed a final FASMEE study plan that has been published in the peer reviewed literature with a more detailed draft in the review process for publishing as a PNW General Technical Report; and 8) Developed a LiDAR fuels map and modeled the source characterization of wildfires flown for smoke measurements by the WE-CAN, BB-FLUX, and FIREX-AQ projects in 2018 and 2019 as part of Phase 2Western Wildfire Campaign data collection.

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Ottmar, Roger; Larkin, Sim; Brown, Tim; French, Nancy. 2019. Fire and Smoke Model Evaluation Experiment (FASMEE) - Final Report to the Joint Fire Science Program. Seattle, WA: USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 41 p.

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