Articles | Volume 16, issue 13
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-8499-2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-8499-2016
Research article
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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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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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