Emissions & Smoke Portal > Research

    Smoke Research

    The Emissions and Smoke Portal's Smoke Research page highlights scientific programs, labs, and topics linked to the wildland fire community. The following is by no means an exhaustive list, but one which we anticipate adding to as new programs, topics, and areas of interest progress.

    Recent (1/17) - Research Recommendations from the Wildland Fire Leadership Council:

    Findings and Recommendations from the WFLC Tall Timbers Research Station Wildland Fire Smoke Management and Air Quality Research Gap Forum: A diversity of partners and interests, federal to private, came together to identify current challenges and research in the wildland fire and air quality impacts realm. The group determined five broad priority areas and developed actions to address the gaps and needs under each of the priority areas.

    Programs and Laboratories

    AirFire's Wildland Fire/Air Quality Tools: Provides links to the most recent versions of tools produced by the USFS AirFire Team.

    EPA - Wildland Fire Research to Protect Health and the Environment: Highlights research areas, activities, and information. EPA's wildland fire research focuses on providing new science to understand the impacts of smoke on health, provide essential novel data to populate inventories and improve understanding of air quality across the US and how from fires affects air quality and climate change.

    Fire and Environmental Research Applications (FERA) Team: Research activities to inform management of natural resources through research and development in fuels and combustion science, fire and landscape ecology, and integration of the physical and ecological sciences.

    Fire, Fuel, and Smoke Science Program at the Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory: Research activities focused on physical fire processes, fuel dynamics, smoke emissions and dispersion, fire ecology, fire and fuel management strategies, and science synthesis and delivery.

    Interagency Monitoring of Protected Visual Environments (IMPROVE)This program implemented an extensive long term monitoring program to establish the current visibility conditions, track changes in visibility and determine causal mechanism for the visibility impairment in the National Parks and Wilderness Areas.

    Joint Fire Science Program - Smoke Management and Air Quality Page: Provides links to the Science Plan, survey results, roundtables, and Science Assessment for the JFSP Smoke Science theme. The efforts focus on emissions inventory research, model validation, populations, and climate change.

    University of Idaho Combustion LabThis facility actively pursues research related to fire ecology, combustion dynamics, smoke emissions, and scaling of remote sensing observations amongst others. 

    Specific Research Topics

    Smoke Perceptions and Tolerance

    Smoke Health Effects