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Focus Area: Smoke Emissions & Dispersion

Officials charged with supporting public health and safety need better tools to estimate effects of wildfire on smoke emission levels, visibility standards, and carbon budget applications as well as to anticipate the movement of smoke across the country and around the globe.

FFS researchers are developing and testing methods for implementing a real-time emissions inventory and dispersion models for smoke emissions from wildland fires. Researchers are integrating field observations, satellite data, and smoke chemistry with models of emissions, smoke composition, and movement either within a fire plume or through layers of the atmosphere to improve understanding and prediction of smoke emissions and dispersion.

This work applies to issues relating to National Ambient Air Quality Standards under the Clean Air Act, regional haze issues, and continental and global climate change questions.

Modified: May 02, 2014