Understanding Urban and Wildland Fire Dynamics

Jeffrey Mirocha | 20-ERD-034

Executive Summary

We will investigate the behavior of fires in complex urban and wildland environments using a multiscale coupled atmosphere and fire simulation framework. This project will address the pressing need to better understand the dynamics of modern wildfires, including those initiated by nuclear detonations, in support of energy security, climate security, and nuclear threat reduction.

Publications, Presentations, and Patents

Lassman, William, Allison M. Bagley, Adam Kochanski, Robert S. Arthur, Yang Tian, Zhao Wu, Chiara Saggese, Jungmin Lee, and Jeffrey D. Mirocha. “Connecting wildfire behavior and physics to emissions and chemistry using high-fidelity simulations.” Meteorology and Climate - Modeling for Air Quality Conference, September 14-17, 2021.

Tian, Yang, Jungmin Lee, Jeffrey D. Mirocha, and Adam Kochanski. “Using Machine Learning for Fine-Scale Surface Fuel Conditions.” 2021 San Jose State University Fire Weather Research Workshop, April 8-9, 2021.

Lassman, William, Adam Kochanski, Jan Mandel, Craig Clements, Chiara Saggese, Zhao Wu, Jungmin Lee, Allison M. Bagley, Yang Tian, Robert S. Arthur, and Jeffrey D. Mirocha. “How Does Smoke Impact Fire Dynamics and How Do Fire Dynamics Impact Smoke? Integrated Simulations of Gas and Aerosol Chemistry Coupled with Atmospheric and Fire Dynamics.” 101st Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society, January 10-15, 2021.