Bridging Earth Observations: Remote Sensing Measurements, Fire Modeling and Air Quality Decision Support System in the Eastern United States

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Prescribed burning is a major tool used by land managers to reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfires and for maintaining forest ecosystem productivity, health, and diversity. However, smoke from fire emissions frequently impacts the air quality of populated areas and is governed by state air quality regulations in most areas. High-resolution models are very useful tools for understanding fire emissions, smoke dispersion, and the air quality effects. The state-of-the-art fire and air quality decision support systems (DSS) such as CAMQ / SMOKE / Bluesky (CSB) provide fire managers and air quality managers with information needed for planning fuels treatments and supporting state air quality smoke regulatory actions, especially as related to prescribed fires.


This article was originally published in Earth Observation Magazine, volume 14, issue 6, in 2005.


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