Natural Hazards

, Volume 77, Issue 2, pp 1013–1035 | Cite as

Coupled fire–atmosphere modeling of wildland fire spread using DEVS-FIRE and ARPS

Original Paper

Abstract

This article introduces a new wildland fire spread prediction system consisting of the raster-based Discrete Event System Specification Fire model (DEVS-FIRE) and the Advanced Regional Prediction System atmospheric model (ARPS). Fire–atmosphere feedbacks are represented by transferring heat from DEVS-FIRE to ARPS as an externally forced set of surface fluxes and mapping the resulting changes in near-surface wind from ARPS to DEVS-FIRE. A preliminary evaluation of the performance of this coupled model is performed through idealized tests and an examination of the September 2000 Moore Branch Fire; the results conform well with those of other coupled models and are superior to those produced by the uncoupled DEVS-FIRE model, motivating further investigation.

Keywords

Discrete event specification Moore Branch Fire 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nathan Dahl
    • 1
  • Haidong Xue
    • 2
  • Xiaolin Hu
    • 2
  • Ming Xue
    • 3
  1. 1.Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric ScienceUniversity of MiamiMiamiUSA
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceGeorgia State UniversityAtlantaUSA
  3. 3.Center for Analysis and Prediction of StormsNormanUSA

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