California Wildfires: Expert available to discuss wildfire simulations supporting fire prevention and planning

Article ID: 657519

Released: 19-Jul-2016 3:05 PM EDT

Source Newsroom: Los Alamos National Laboratory

Expert Pitch

Newswise — Rod Linn, a senior scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, has led much of the development and application of the FIRETEC computer program for predicting, managing and coping with wildfire behavior. The model provides a scientific basis for decisions by policy makers working in land management, water resources, and energy.

FIRETEC models interactions among fire, fuels, and the environment at landscape scales. Coupled with the atmospheric-dynamics model HIGRAD, FIRETEC simulates the three-dimensional interaction among fire and atmosphere as fire adjusts to terrain, vegetation, fuel, and the dynamics of fire itself.

Please also refer to the related Expert Pitch for Richard Middleton, also of Los Alamos, whose research on threatened watersheds includes Rod Linn’s watershed-scale wildfire modeling.


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