10 BlueSky Smoke Modeling Tools Update: BlueSky v3.5, SmartFire v2, Playground v2, and BlueSky-Cloud

Tuesday, 15 October 2013
Meeting Room 2 (Holiday Inn University Plaza)
Narasimhan K. Larkin, USFS Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory, Seattle, WA; and S. Raffuse, T. Strand, S. M. O'Neill, M. Rorig, R. Solomon, T. J. Brown, A. Cavallaro, K. Craig, C. M. Beach, and J. Stilley

The BlueSky modeling framework is a modular system for connecting different types of models to form a modeling pathway from fire and weather information to smoke impacts. Recent updates to BlueSky have significantly improved robustness and applicability through: better fire estimation (SmartFire v2); updates to fuels, consumption, emissions, and other modules (BlueSky v3.5); improved user interfaces (Playground v2); and incident specific custom model runs (BlueSky-Cloud). We discuss both the underlying system and model improvements, as well as how these new models were utilized throughout the 2013 western wildfire season to help support fire management.
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