92nd American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting (January 22-26, 2012)

Wednesday, 25 January 2012: 9:30 AM
Application of a Portable Doppler Wind Lidar for Wildfire Plume Measurements
Room 239 (New Orleans Convention Center )
Allison Charland, San Jose State Univ., San Jose, CA; and C. B. Clements

Doppler wind lidar observations of a fire plume were obtained during an experimental burn conducted in complex terrain located near San Jose, CA. A ground-based Halo Photonics, Ltd. Stream Line 75 Lidar acquired Doppler wind velocities and backscatter intensity in and around the fire plume from multiple vertically pointing, VAD, and RHI scans. Using in situ meteorological measurements from a tower within the burn area, verifications of the lidar observations could be made. These observations allowed for the study of the kinematic structure and spatial and temporal evolution of the fire plume.

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