Crown fire modeling and its effect on atmospheric characteristics
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Egor L. Loboda; Denis P. Kasymov; Mikhail Agafontsev; Vladimir V. Reyno; Anastasia Lutsenko; Asya Staroseltseva; Vladislav Perminov; Pavel Martynov; Yuliya Loboda; Konstantin Orlov
Publication Year: 2022

Cataloging Information

  • aerosols
  • atmosphere
  • atmospheric processes
  • boreal forest
  • crown fire
  • mass transfer
  • wildfires
  • International
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Record Last Modified: December 21, 2022
FRAMES Record Number: 67202


The article is concerned with the experimental study of the crown fire effect on atmospheric transport processes: the formation of induced turbulence in the vicinity of the fire source and the transport of aerosol combustion products in the atmosphere surface layer at low altitudes. The studies were carried out in seminatural conditions on the reconstructed forest canopy. It was established that the structural characteristics of fluctuations of some atmosphere physical parameters in the case of a crown fire practically coincide with the obtained earlier values for a steppe fire. The highest concentration of aerosol combustion products was recorded at a height of 10–20 m from the ground surface. It was found that the largest number of aerosol particles formed during a crown fire had a particle diameter of 0.3 to 0.5 µm. As a result of experimental data extrapolation, it is concluded that an excess of aerosol concentration over the background value will be recorded at a distance of up to 2000 m for a given volume of burnt vegetation. It is of interest to further study these factors of the impact of wildfires on atmosphere under the conditions of a real large natural wildfire and determine the limiting distance of aerosol concentration excesses over background values.

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Loboda, Egor; Kasymov, Denis; Agafontsev, Mikhail; Reyno, Vladimir; Lutsenko, Anastasiya; Staroseltseva, Asya; Perminov, Vladislav; Martynov, Pavel; Loboda, Yuliya; Orlov, Konstantin. 2022. Crown fire modeling and its effect on atmospheric characteristics. Atmosphere 13(12):1982.