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Title: National strategic plan: modeling and data systems for wildland fire and air quality.

Author: Sandberg, David V.; Hardy, Colin C.; Ottmar, Roger D.; Snell, J.A. Kendall; Acheson, Ann; Peterson, Janice L.; Seamon, Paula; Lahm, Peter; Wade, Dale.

Date: 1999

Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-450. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 60 p

Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)

Description: This strategic plan is a technical discussion of the implementation and development of models and data systems used to manage the air quality impacts of wildland and prescribed fires. Strategies and priorities in the plan were generated by the Express Team (chartered by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group) and a diverse group of 86 subject matter experts who attended a national planning workshop.

Air pollution from fires used to manage ecosystems is an issue in many parts of the country. Land managers are rapidly expanding the use of fire for managing ecosystems, while air resource managers are accelerating efforts to reduce the impacts of fires on air quality. This plan provides a conceptual design as a first step toward balancing these goals, identifies information needs to support management and policy development, and identifies strategies for developing and implementing models and data systems. The conceptual design was based around a three-dimensional array of air resource components and fire management components at various project scales. This array was reduced to nine program elements, each with a description of their scope, current situation, desired state, and strategies to reach that state.

The Express Team recommends nine summary strategies as a synthesis of internal discussions, review comments, and proceedings of the national workshop. The strategies recommended relate to:

  • Fuel and fire characterization
  • Emission modeling systems
  • Transport, dispersion, and secondary pollutant formation
  • Air quality impact assessment
  • Emissions tradeoffs and determination of natural visibility
  • Impact and risk assessment of emissions from fires
  • Monitoring guidelines and protocols
  • National fire and air quality information database
  • Public information and protection.

    Keywords: fire, air, wildland fire, fire effects, fire management, fire modeling, air quality, air pollution, air resource management, data systems, smoke

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    Sandberg, David V.; Hardy, Colin C.; Ottmar, Roger D.; Snell, J.A. Kendall; Acheson, Ann; Peterson, Janice L.; Seamon, Paula; Lahm, Peter; Wade, Dale. 1999. National strategic plan: modeling and data systems for wildland fire and air quality. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-450. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 60 p

     


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