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Airborne and Lidar measurements of smoke plume rise, emissions, and dispersion

This data publication consists of measurements of smoke plume rise, emissions, and dispersion in and around eight wildfires in the western United States and prescribed fires in California, Idaho, and North Carolina. Eleven wildland fires were investigated between August 2009 and August 2011, allowing the research team to measure plume rise and smoke transport over a wide range of meteorological conditions, fire activity, fuels, and terrain. This data publication provides observations for the evaluation of smoke dispersion and air quality forecasting models. The data publication includes measurements of prognostic variables (plume height and the concentrations of aerosol, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, and methane) of plume rise models, smoke dispersion models, and atmospheric chemistry transport models. The subcomponent models of smoke modeling systems, such as plume rise and fire effects models rely on a variety of fire environment data as input including ambient meteorological conditions, fuel type, fuel loading, and fuel condition. In addition to measuring model prognostic variables, this data publication also has ancillary data consisting of fire environment variables which are input for the subcomponent models of smoke modeling systems.

Release Date
Spatial / Geographical Coverage Area
POLYGON ((-125 50, -75 50, -75 33.5, -125 33.5))
Spatial / Geographical Coverage Location
California, Idaho, Montana, North Carolina, Oregon, and Utah
USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station
Temporal Coverage
August 1, 2009 to August 31, 2011
Contact Name
Urbanski, Shawn P.
Contact Email
Public Access Level
Program Code
005:059 - Department of Agriculture - Management Activities
Bureau Code
005:96 - Forest Service
Harvested from Forest Service
Harvest Source TitleForest Service
Harvest Source URIhttps://www.fs.usda.gov/rds/rdaoaipmh/o
Last Harvest PerformedTue, 07/07/2020 - 01:15

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U.S. Forest Service