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Mikel Robinson
Executive Director

International Association of Wildland Fire
1418 Washburn Street
Missoula, Montana 59801 USA

(01) (406) 531-8264
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(888) 440-IAWF (4293)




The workshops will take place on Monday, October 21, 2013, the day proceeding the International Smoke Symposium.

The purpose of the workshops is to provide a forum for researchers and practitioners in wildland fire to discuss and exchange interests on a defined topic. We view these workshops as an opportunity for Technology Transfer; the process to ensure that scientific and technological developments are accessible to a wider range of users who can then further develop and exploit them.

There is no charge for the workshops, however space is limited so they will be offered on a first come, first serve basis. If they become full we will start a wait list.

9:30-11:30 a.m.
Development and Deployment of Superfog Analysis Model – SAM
Workshop instructors: Christian Bartolome, University of California, Riverside; Marko Princevac, University of California, Riverside; David Weise, US Forest Service Pacific Southwest Station; and Gary Achtemeier, US Forest Service Southern Research Station

Development and deployment of a new model for Superfog prediction, Superfog Analysis Model (SAM), will be presented. In the first part of the workshop the model background will be presented with attention to all relevant parameters and underlying physical processes such as thermodynamics of water vapor, droplet size distribution, liquid water content, extinctions coefficients and boundary layer development. SAM is based largely on the experimental data. The data was collected via two major laboratory setups: 1) small smoke chamber and 2) Fire Wind Tunnel with environmental controls. Both experimental setups and experimental procedures will be explained in detail. The participants will be introduced to the basic numerical components of SAM. In the second part the participants will be trained to use SAM for different scenarios. A large part of the workshop will be used for model discussion and gathering input from participants on how to improve the model, how to make it more user friendly and how to integrate it with existing tools that are in use.


  • Familiarize participants with Superfog, its origins and relevant physical processes that lead to it.
  • Introduce existing experimental facility: Fire Wind Tunnel with environmental controls.
  • Understand underlying physics used in the SAM model.
  • Train participants to use SAM interface and to prepare needed inputs.
  • Acquire input from potential SAM user for future model modifications and integration with existing models that are used by land managers.

12:45 -3:45 p.m.
BlueSky Framework and BlueSky-enabled Tools: Latest Updates (This workshop is full, a wait list has been started)
Workshop Instructors: Miriam Rorig, USDA Forest Service, AirFire Team; Susan O’Neill, USDA Forest Service, AirFire Team; and Sim Larkin, USDA Forest Service, AirFire Team

Description: The BlueSky Smoke Modeling Framework has undergone significant changes and updates in the past year. The BlueSky Framework links together fire location information, mapped fuel loadings, consumption and emissions models, plume rise algorithms, and air quality dispersion models to provide a prediction of near-surface PM2.5 concentrations from fires. It relies upon a new version of SmartFire (SF2) for fire information. SF2 merges information from the NOAA Hazard Mapping System (HMS) satellite fire detections, wildfire incident command 209 (ICS209) reports, and GEOMAC fire perimeters to estimate the size and location of all fires. Air quality agencies, incident command teams and others use BlueSky products to help estimate smoke impacts, especially during large-scale wildfires situations.

In this workshop we will describe the improvements to BlueSky, the different configurations of the framework and its component models, where to find daily output from automated BlueSky runs, and how to interpret the results compared with earlier versions. We will also provide information on experimental runs being conducted with the latest version of the HYSPLIT dispersion model. In addition, we will demonstrate the GUI-based BlueSky Playground interface, and provide students with hands-on training in setting up Playground runs and interpreting the results

Objectives: After attending this workshop, students will be familiar with the recent changes/improvements made to the BlueSky Framework. They will know where to find output products, and they will have a better of understanding of the inherent variability and uncertainties associated with the component models, which will allow them to more effectively interpret BlueSky output.

4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
NASA ARSET: What we can and cannot do using remote sensing products for air quality applications
Workshop Instructor: Richard Kleidman, NASA Applied Remote Sensing Training program (SSAI)

Description: This workshop will give an overview of the current capabilities and limitations, as well as future prospects, in the use of remote sensing products for air quality applications pertinent to particulate matter and trace gases.  Hands on activities for those who bring their own laptops will be used to demonstrate some of the key web based tools such as Giovanni and Worldview, that can be used to easily access pertinent remote sensing products.  The workshop will stress some key points in how to use and evaluate remote sensing data. We will give an overview of ARSET training activities and materials which can provide further opportunities to learn how to use remote sensing products. 

"For more information about the ARSET program see http://airquality.gsfc.nasa.gov"

To provide an overview and awareness of what remote sensing products exist and their potential for use in air quality applications.
To enable attendees to evaluate which remote sensing products may be of use to them.
To assist attendees in determining if additional ARSET training would be of use to them.


If you have any questions please contact Mikel Robinson at execdir@iawfonline.org or (406) 531-8264.








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