Jan Mandel, Jonathan D. Beezley, Adam K. Kochanski. Coupled atmosphere-wildland fire modeling with Wrf-fire


Natural Sciences / Other / Meteorology

Submitted on: Sep 14, 2012, 15:10:38

Description: We describe the physical model, numerical algorithms, and software structure of WRF-Fire. WRF-Fire consists of a fire-spread model, implemented by the level-set method, coupled with the Weather Research and Forecasting model. In every time step, the fire model inputs the surface wind, which drives the fire, and outputs the heat flux from the fire into the atmosphere, which in turn influences the atmosphere. The level-set method allows submesh representation of the burning region and flexible implementation of various ignition modes. WRF-Fire is distributed as a part of WRF and it uses the WRF parallel infrastructure for parallel computing. ***Originally published in Geoscientific Model Development 4, 591-610, 2011***

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