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Type: Conference Proceedings
Author(s): Glenn P. Forney; William E. Mell
Editor(s): Bret W. Butler; Wayne A. Cook
Publication Date: 2007

Computational tools have been developed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for modeling fire spread and smoke transport. These tools have been adapted to address fire scenarios that occur in the wildland urban interface (WUI) over kilometer-scale distances. These models include the smoke plume transport model ALOFT (A Large Open Fire plume Trajectory model) and WFDS (Wildland-urban interface Fire Dynamics Simulator) for fire spread and smoke transport in the wildland-urban interface. The visualization tool is called Smokeview. In this paper, an overview of the physical basis of the fire spread and smoke transport models will be discussed briefly along with the visualization of characteristic results using Smokeview. A technique will be described for visualizing smoke realistically, and indications will be given how Smokeview can be applied to other fire models.

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Citation: Forney, Glenn P.; Mell, William. 2007. Visualization and modeling of smoke transport over landscape scales. Pages 391-402 In: Butler, Bret W.; Cook, Wayne (comps.). The fire environment-innovations, management, and policy; conference proceedings. 26-30 March 2007; Destin, FL. Proceedings RMRS-P-46CD. Fort Collins, CO: USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station.

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  • fire management
  • fire spread
  • smoke transport
  • Smokeview
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