A generic fuel moisture content attenuation factor for fire spread rate empirical models

Forest Systems

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Title A generic fuel moisture content attenuation factor for fire spread rate empirical models
Creator Rossa, Carlos G.
Subject fire behaviour; fire management; live and dead fuels; experimental fires; wildfires
Description Aim of study: To develop a fuel moisture content (FMC) attenuation factor for empirical forest fire spread rate (ROS) models in general fire propagation conditions.Methods: The development builds on the assumption that the main FMC-damping effect is a function of fuel ignition energy needs.Main results: The generic FMC attenuation factor was successfully used to derive ROS models from laboratory tests (n = 282) of fire spread in no-wind and no-slope, slope-, and wind-aided conditions. The ability to incorporate the FMC attenuation factor in existing field-based ROS models for shrubland fires and grassland wildfires (n = 123) was also positively assessed.Research highlights: Establishing a priori the FMC-effect in field fires benefits the proper assessment of the remaining variables influence, which is normally eluded by heterogeneity in fuel bed properties and correlated fuel descriptors.
Publisher INIA
Contributor FCT under post-doctoral grant SFRH/BPD/84770/2012
FCT and FEDER (programs COMPETE 2020 and POCI), in the framework of projects BONFIRE (POCI-01-0145-FEDER-016727, PTDC/AAGMAA/2656/2014) and CITAB (UID/AGR/04033/2013, POCI-01-0145-FEDER-006958)
Date 2018-09-24
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Format application/pdf
Identifier http://revistas.inia.es/index.php/fs/article/view/13175
Source Forest Systems; Vol 27, No 2 (2018); e009
Forest Systems; Vol 27, No 2 (2018); e009
Language eng
Relation http://revistas.inia.es/index.php/fs/article/view/13175/4085
Rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
Copyright (c) 2018 Forest Systems

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