Articles | Volume 16, issue 13
Research article
12 Jul 2016
Research article |  | 12 Jul 2016

A study of the influence of forest gaps on fire–atmosphere interactions

Michael T. Kiefer, Warren E. Heilman, Shiyuan Zhong, Joseph J. Charney, and Xindi Bian


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AR by Michael Kiefer on behalf of the Authors (10 May 2016)  Author's response   Manuscript 
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (12 May 2016) by Yun Qian
RR by Anonymous Referee #3 (12 Jun 2016)
ED: Publish as is (24 Jun 2016) by Yun Qian
AR by Michael Kiefer on behalf of the Authors (28 Jun 2016)
Short summary
Studies of fire–atmosphere interactions in horizontally heterogeneous forests are limited in number. This study considers the sensitivity of fire-perturbed variables (e.g., vertical velocity, turbulent kinetic energy) to gaps in forest cover using ARPS-CANOPY, an atmospheric numerical model with a canopy sub-model. Results show that the atmosphere is most sensitive to the fire when the gap is centered on the fire and least sensitive when the gap is upstream of the fire.
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