Simulating Fire Patterns in Heterogeneous Landscapes

William Hargrove, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Environmental Sciences Division

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Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Environmental Science Division personnel are developing a computer fire simulation, an Ecological Model for Burning the Yellowstone Region (EMBYR), to investigate the causes and consequences of large-scale fires like those that burned in Yellowstone National Park during 1988. EMBYR is not designed to make predictions about single fire events, but will be used as a "what-if" tool to investigate possible landscape-scale effects of variation in fire frequency, fire management, and global climate regimes over time scales ranging from complete fire seasons to millennia. Data from the Forest Lake Fire was used to show simulation output by the model.

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Subject: Biology, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Wildfires
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Special Interest: Hazards
Grade Level: Graduate/Professional, College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14)
Topics: Human Dimensions/Resources, Biosphere