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Fire spreads up a hill 200 meters high
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Fire spreads up a hill 200 meters high.

June 10, 2010
Fire spreads up a hill 200 meters high. [Wind: 3 meters from the red near the ground; expended fuel is shown on the terrain in brown; the buoyancy core at two degrees Celsius, in red; the enstrophy (or measure of total rotation) is a translucent surface in blue. (Date of Image: 2000) More about this ImageThis animation was produced by the NCAR Scientific Computing Division's Visualization Group. It is one of many performed as part of ongoing research at the Wildland Fire Research and Development Collaboratory, located in the Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology (MMM) Department of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). MMM department researchers collaborate both within NCAR and with outside researchers through participation in the Wildland Fire R&D Collaboratory, which was created in order to help coordinate research efforts around the world relating to fire research. The simulations are designed to address questions about how wind speed influences fire behavior, vertical wind shear and the vertical temperature profile and do certain atmospheric conditions lead to blow-ups? It is also very important to understand the delicate and complicated relationship that develops between the atmosphere and potential fuels for future fires, the emissions that come from wildland fire, the actual combustion process in some detail, and the long-term effects of wildland fire on climatic factors such as carbon sequestration. Further information about this research is available at http://box.mmm.ucar.edu/research/wildfire/afm/simulations.html.


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