Year of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Department or School/College
Jordan Malof, Cory Palmer
fire rate of spread, flank rate of spread, thermal imagery, polyline curvature proxy, WFDS, FDS
University of Montana
Computer Sciences | Other Forestry and Forest Sciences
The effects of flank-parallel suppression fires on the local rate of spread (ROS) of freely burning headfires through fully cured homogeneous grass fuels are assessed. Data sets include: one thermal image stack of a prescribed burn recorded by drone, and a suite of simulation experiments carried out in Wildland Urban Interface Fire Dynamics Simulator (WFDS). A new approach to computing ROS, curvature proxy driven normals to convex polylines, was developed to carry out this analysis. ROS time series depicting flank acceleration of the prescribed burn and simulation experiments, observable under coarse and fine directional classification schemes respectively, are the primary results. Pixelwise ROS magnitude and direction sensitivites to combined temperature threshold and curvature proxy localization parameter selection are also included.
Borke, Erik, "Assessing the Impact of Parallel Burnout Fires on Flank Rate of Spread" (2023). Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers. 12192.
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