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    Air Quality Library

    The Air Quality Library provides additional resources to further your knowledge of air quality. Several of these PDFs and websites were used in the development of the Online Tutorial offered in this website. Some of the PDF files are relatively large, up to 17 MB, and may take several minutes to load depending upon your computer and internet connection.

    Air Quality Glossaries and Educational Tools

    Air Quality Glossaries

    Other Educational Tools

    • Met Ed MetEd is a free collection of learning resources for the geoscience community.

    Air Quality Monitoring and Coordination Groups

    Collaboration and Coordination Resources

    Data: Fuels, Weather, and Geospatial Resources

    • Aerial Photography Field Office The Aerial Photography Field Office (APFO) provides  imagery for most of the United States and its territories from 1955 to present.
    • AirData The AirData website gives you access to air quality data collected at outdoor monitors across the United States, Puerto Rico, and the U. S. Virgin Islands. The data comes primarily from the AQS (Air Quality System) database.
    • AirNow The Airnow site allows users to check the current particulate and ozone levels present in any county in the United States and find information on the air quality index.
    • AQS Data Mart The Air Quality System (AQS) Data Mart was built as a storehouse of air quality information that allows users to make queries of unlimited quantities of air quality data.
    • Fire Weather Info A real time fire-weather intelligence and smoke forecast for the continental USA. Fire Weather Info contains weather observations, forecasts, and applications.
    • LANDFIRE The LANDFIRE data distribution site provides spatial data for vegetation, fuels, fire regimes, topography, and disturbance for fire and fuels management and planning
    • Landsat Search and Download Contains Landsat satellite data collected via optical imagers and thermal infrared sensors.
    • MesoWest The Mesowest site provide access to current and archived weather observations across the United States based on weather observation networks.
    • National Weather Service Fire Weather National Weather Service Fire Weather page displays hazards, forecasts, current conditions, outlooks, and more.
    • NIFTT National Interagency Fuels Technology (NIFTT) website provides downloads, documentation, and training resources for a variety of geospatial tools for fuels and fire planning.
    • NOAA Hazard Mapping System Fire and Smoke Product NOAAs Hazard Mapping System provides analysis, geospatial data, and Google map data for fire and smoke information
    • NRCS Geospatial Data Gateway The Natural Resources Conservations Services' (NRCS) geospatial data distribution site which includes climate and precipitation records, hydrologic unit designation, and shapefiles displaying land use and cover.
    • ROMAN Real-time observation monitor and analysis network (ROMAN) contains weather observations from numerous modeling sites across the United States.
    • US National Atlas Data The US National Atlas Data site provides a source for geospatial data including political boundaries, roads, waterways, and population centers.
    • VIEWS A database system designed to provide easy access to a wide variety of air quality data through an interactive suite of query, visualization, and analysis tools.

    Federal Rules and Policies

    Interagency Coordination and Guides

    Information Sources

    • Air Quality and Fire Issues Community A forum for dialog on smoke management issues, air quality regulations, strategies for managing smoke from wildland fire, approaches to technical smoke questions, and fire environment issues that affect smoke generation, transport, impacts and measurement. 
    • State and Territory Environmental Agencies An EPA webpage listing links for every state and territorial environmental agency.

    Centers and Groups

    • GACC Portal to the 11 geographic area coordination groups for the purpose of incident management and mobilization of resources. Each group is made up of Fire Directors from each of the Federal and State land management agencies from within the area.
    • NIFC The National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), located in Boise, Idaho, is the nation's support center for wildland firefighting. Eight different agencies and organizations are part of NIFC. Decisions are made using the interagency cooperation concept because NIFC has no single director or manager.
    • NWCG The National Wildfire Coordination Group (NWCG) is an operational group designed to coordinate programs of the participating wildfire management agencies.


    Mobile Applications

    • Prescribed Fire Smoke Management Pocket Guide A mobile application for prescribed fire smoke management with features including guidelines, a fuel calculator, fact sheets, Smokepedia glossary, and other helpful resources. Developed by North Carolina State University for the Coalition of Prescribed Fire Councils and the Southeast Partnership for Planning and Sustainability.

    Modeling Suites and Decision Support

    • Bluesky A web-based modeling framework composed of numerous models to represent fuels, consumption, emissions, and dispersion based on meteorological conditions.
    • IFTDSS The Interagency Fuels Decision Support System (IFTDSS) is a web-based software and data integration framework for fuels specialists. IFTDSS allows planners to evaluate fuel loading, consumption, and effects on a landscape based on several software applications.
    • Inciweb An interagency incident information management system to provide a single source of information for the public and a standardized reported tool for the public affairs community.
    • NICC predictive Services designed to provide general fire information for the public and as a source of fire intelligence for the wildland fire community pertaining to wildland fires occurring throughout the country.
    • WFDSS The Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS) is a system to assist fire managers and analysts in making decisions by integrating various applications to manage incidents into a single system for analysis and reporting.
    • WRAP Tools A web page with information and access to the Deterministic and Empirical Assessment of Smoke's Contribution to Ozone (DEASCO3), Western Regional Air Partnership Fire Emissions Tracking System (WRAPFETS), and PMDETAIL.

    Models for Fuels, Fire, Emissions, and Meteorology

    • CALPUFF A meteorological and air quality modeling system developed to assess long range transport of pollutants and impact to class I areas.
    • CAMx A Photochemical dispersion model that allows for integrated assessments of gaseous and particulate air pollution.
    • CMAQ Simulates chemical and physical processes to model gas transformations and distributions. CMAQ contains three types of modeling components: a meteorological modeling system of atmospheric states and motions, emission models for man-made and natural emissions that are injected into the atmosphere, and a chemistry-transport modeling system for simulation of the chemical transformation and fate.
    • Consume A software application for resource managers to model fuel consumption and emissions by combustion phase and fuelbed category.
    • FCCS Fuel Characteristic Classification System (FCCS) is a software system that offers consistently organized fuels data along with numerical inputs to fire behavior, fire effects, and dynamic vegetation models.
    • FEPS Fire Emission Production Simulator (FEPS) is a software system that manages data for consumption, emissions and heat release characteristics of prescribed burns and wildland fires.
    • Fire.org This is an online source for public domain fire documents and modeling software including Behave, FARSITE, FlamMap, FireFamily Plus, FOFEM, ArcFuels, and others.
    • FLM Fuel Loading Models (FLMs) are a surface fuel classification system based on categories of fuel loading stratified by fire effects.
    • HYSPLIT Hybrid Single-Particle Lagrangian Integrated Trajectory (HYSPLIT) is a model that computes a range of air movement from simple air parcel trajectories to complex dispersion and deposition simulations.
    • MM5 The PSU/NCAR mesocale model (MM5) is a weather modeling system designed to simulate or predict mesoscale atmospheric circulation.
    • VSMOKE-WEB VSmoke-Web is a web-based implementation of Vsmoke for planning prescribed burns in the Southern United States. It is a Gaussian smoke dispersion model that calculates isopleths of surface smoke concentration.
    • WinHaze A computer-imaging software program that simulates visual air quality differences of various scenes.
    • WRF The Weather Research and Forecasting model (WRF) is a weather modeling system for mesoscale numerical predictions for atmospheric research and operational forecasting.

    Smoke Management Briefing Papers

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