Coupled atmosphere - wildland fire numerical simulation by WRF-Fire

Thursday, December 2, 2010 - 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Keller 3-180
Jan Mandel (University of Colorado)
WRF-Fire consists of a fire-spread model, implemented by the level set method, coupled with the Weather Research and Forecasting model (WRF). In every time step, the fire model inputs the surface wind and outputs the heat flux from the fire. The level set method allows submesh representation of the burning region and flexible implementation of various ignition modes. This presentation will address the numerical methods in the fire module, solving the Hamilton-Jacobi level set equation, modeling real wildfire experiments, and visualization.

Visualizations by Bedrich Sousedik, Erik Anderson, and Joel Daniels.

Modeling of real fires with Adam Kochanski.

Jan Mandel, Jonathan D. Beezley, Janice L. Coen, and Minjeong Kim, Data Assimilation for Wildland Fires: Ensemble Kalman filters in coupled atmosphere-surface models, IEEE Control Systems Magazine 29, Issue 3, June 2009, 47-65

Jan Mandel, Jonathan D. Beezley, and Volodymyr Y. Kondratenko, Fast Fourier Transform Ensemble Kalman Filter with Application to a Coupled Atmosphere-Wildland Fire Model. Anna M. Gil-Lafuente, Jose M. Merigo (Eds.) Computational Intelligence in Business and Economics (Proceedings of the MS'10 International Conference, Barcelona, Spain, 15-17 July 2010), World Scientific, pp. 777-784. Also available at arXiv:1001.1588
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