Thursday, 20 November 2003: 9:15 AM
The Southern High-Resolution Modeling Consortium—a source for research and operational collaboration
The Southern High-Resolution Modeling Consortium (SHRMC) is one of five regional Fire Consortia for Advanced Modeling of Meteorology and Smoke (FCAMMS) consortia established as part of the National Fire Plan. FCAMMS involves research and development activities collaborating across all land management agencies, NOAA, NASA, and Universities; which will support firefighters by developing and disseminating high-resolution fire weather, fire danger, fire behavior and smoke management products. FCAMMS products will merge the latest science in weather forecasting and satellite observation with traditional models and fire science to increase accuracy of information used by fire weather forecasters and fire intelligence officers to control wildfires more quickly and manage all fires more efficiently.
SHRMC covers the South corresponding roughly to the U.S. Forest Service Region 8 – states roughly south of the Ohio River and from Texas eastward. Its mandate includes providing three types of products to southern forest land managers - direct output from the mesoscale model MM5 such as winds, temperatures, and relative humidities, simple smoke and fire weather indices such as the Lavdas Dispersion Index, and the Ventilation Index, and results from complex models such as CMAQ air quality model, PB-Piedmont smoke model, and coupled fire-atmosphere models. This paper provides an overview of SHRMC physical facilities, modeling capability, critical research priorities, and partnerships as they relate to fire and smoke weather research and technology transfer to the end-user.