WRF-Fire development notes
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- Heat flux extinction depth dependent on fuel type and possibly times step
- Interpolate by angle between different backing, flank, and forward spread rates.
- Rework the propagation scheme so that the speed is computed only once per time step instead inside the right-hand-side in the Runge-Kutta method.
- Add flux limiter option as in Rehm and McDermott 2009.
- Flank spread rate as a function of base rate and TKE/turbulent fluxes
- Turn off artificial diffusion for good
- Implement full BURNUP algorithm instead of the simplification.
- Keep standalone model working.
- Add a canopy fire model for passive (colocated with surface fire) canopy fire.
- Parametrize ignition startup. See discussion.
- Input fuel moisture from the WRF surface model. See discussion.
- Better level set method: High-order ENO and WENO, discontinuous Galerkin.
- Rewrite the level set method so that the level set function is ignition time minus current time and get rid of the separate tign array.
- Use the Fire SDK to compute ROS.
- ROS model from Balbi et al 2009.
- Force the fire to a given location from a file read on restart. This will require fire history replay and atmosphere spin-up.
- Modify fuel from a file on restart to reflect suppression efforts.
- Ignition & fire modification from MODIS fire detection.
- Add fractional fuel volume to fuel categories and generate random fuel coverage.
- Add other variables in the National Fire Danger Rating System as diagnostics to WRF output.
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- Clamp ignition point to the nearest cell center to avoid delay, see also WRF-Fire ignition
- Fire cell-based fire propagation to get ignition time in lieu of a level-set function branch vk/mergge
- Assimilation of station data into the fuel moisture model branch mv/moisture
- Ignition from a given fire perimeter, with atmosphere and fuel consumption spin-up, by specifying ignition times. See discussion.
- Real test problems with real fire data comparing fine and coarse resolutions.
- Better quadrature for fuel left: The current scheme is second order accurate when all 4 corners of a fire mesh cell are on fire, and exact when all 4 corners are not on fire. In the case when only some of the 4 corners are on fire, the only requirements are that the transition when nodes ignite is continuous and monotonous. In that case, the scheme may not be very accurate. A better scheme would be accurate in more cases and have natural invariance properties. branch jm2/mkim last commit branch vk/test
- This affects the amount of heat output from the cell in the timesteps when the fireline crosses the cell.
- Data assimilation
- Dynamically determine midflame height and interpolate the wind there. See discussion.
- Move the item here when done and add a link to the contributor's last commit before the merge into master. Links to major milestone events can be also added to the timeline.
- Ned Patton and Janice Coen propose WRF-Fire in a workshop paper and formulate the fundamental principles of how to combine WRF with the fire spread model from CAWFE.
- Standalone fire model from CAWFE rewritten in F90 by Ned Patton received Mar 31 2005
- John Michalakes writes specs for support of fire grids in WRF Feb 6 2006
- Alternative implementation of fire grid in nested domains in WRF by Jon Beezley Feb 29 2007
- WRF-Fire development started from the WRF+CAWFE tracers code received from Ned Patton, Jon set up the git repository Jun 6 2007
- Matlab prototype of level set method working Aug 30, 2007
- Imported a modular rewrite with a new standalone level set code, called SFIRE Sep 5 2007
- WRF+spread by level set coupled code working Nov 2 2007
- Paper with description of WRF-Fire and data assimilation posted on arXiv Dec 24 2007
- Ignition controlled from namelist Dec 24 2007
- Change nodes on the fire mesh from corners to centers Feb 10 2008
- WPS support 3 Aug 2008
- MPI support Oct 23 2008
- Cleanup, delete standalone driver and the CAWFE tracer code Nov 18 2008
- Landfire data conversion Dec 15 2008
- Distributed memory (halos) Jan 7 2009
- Approved by UCD and NCAR for public release Mar 17 2009
- Set up nested ideal case May 4 2009
- WPS support for fire grid and nesting 7 May 2009
- Paper with a description of the WRF-Fire and data assimilation published in June 2009
- Add namelist.fire to define fuel categories 20 Sep 2009
- Interpolate in the computation of fuel_left locally to save stack memory Oct 10 2009
- 3D visualization in Matlab Nov 3 2009
- Visualization in VisTrails and Supercomputing 2009 Demo, Nov 15 2009
- Support for WRF restart 16 Jan 2010
- Control in namelist the initial atmosphere perturbation (bubble) in ideal run, off by default. 27 Feb 2010 See discussion.
- Version 19 Feb 2010 released with WRF 3.2 on Apr 2 2010
- Hyperbolic vertical mesh grading in ideal run not only exponential. Mar 9 2010
- Fetch high-resolution geogrid data automatically Apr 27 2010
- Walking line ignition (as the fireman walks igniting the fire) 23 May 2010
- Basic visualization in VAPOR. May 26 2010
- Merge git repository with WRF and WPS 3.2 Jun 12 2010 announcement
- Interpolate the terrain gradient to the fire mesh instead of differencing an interpolated terrain height. Jun 14 2010 See discussion.
- Replace includes for fire parameter arrays by a derived type. Jun 14 2010. See discussion.
- Resurrected a standalone driver for the fire code that is independent of WRF for diagnostics. 20 Jun 2010 See discussion.
- Surface initialization in ideal runs allows for defining surface properties like roughness, ground temperature, albedo etc., required by soil models and radiation codes. See discussion. Jul 6 2010
- Reading from a file in an ideal run: land use, fuel categories, topography Jul 22 2010
- Vertical wind profiles in Matlab for diagnostics Sun Jul 25 2010
- Interpolate wind to a given height (the same for all fuels) from log profile, and set the height as fire_wind_height in the namelist. Sep 11 2010, added wind reduction factor with defaults per Behave 16 Sep 2010
- Interpolating geographic coordinates to the fire mesh in WPS 17 Sep 2010
- Rate of spread diagnostics 16 Sep 2010.
- Support for NetCDF 4 output files based on HDF5 16 Oct 2010.
- Subscale ignition with zero initial radius. See discussion. Nov 2, 2010
- Vertical log interpolation of the wind to different heights for different fuels. See discussion. 24 Feb 2011
- Ignition time interpolation for better quadrature of fuel left March 16, 2011. See discussion.
- Added independent adjustment factors of base spread rate, wind correction, and slope correction to fuel description Mar 23, 2011
- Perimeter ignition from specified ignition times on the whole domain, allowing for atmosphere and fuel consumption spin-up. Mar 24, 2011 in ideal run. See discussion.
- WRF-Fire released with WRF 3.3 Apr 6, 2011. The release code is based on the Nov 20, 2010 version with bug fix Jan 17, 2011, with further changes made at NCAR.
- Started using the name SFIRE instead of WRF-Fire for the whole code, June 2011. sfire was used throughout the code already.
- Reference paper published in GMD July 7, 2011.
- Timing from ESMF structures to support variable time step and ignition in a restart run. Jul 24, 2011 See discussion.
- Users guide moved to the wiki, including existing howtos as chapters. August 2, 2011
- Spread vector and Byram's fire intensity to estimate the severity of a potential fire for a fire danger rating map Aug 26, 2011
- Restart from wrfout (cycling=.true.) Sep 16, 2011 See discussion.
- Spatially variable moisture as a part of WRF input Sep 27, 2011
- Standalone model running from WRF atmospheric state. Oct 28 2011 See discussion.
- Integrated fuel moisture model with input from WRF variables, based on the Canadian fire danger rating system Mar 10, 2012. See discussion.
- Smoke transport by WRF-Chem tracer April 21, 2012
- Multiple fire time steps in a single atmospheric step, for stability with highly heterogenous fuels Mar 30, 2012
- Fire area and sensible heat flux defined by bitmap images from a satellite or airborne sensor, in an ideal run Jul 27, 2012
- Fixed fire of a circular shape, stationary or moving along a line, with a time varying heat flux Jul 29, 2012
- Two validation papers accepted: Santa Ana fire arXiv:1202.3209 in Forest Management and Ecology and FireFlux arXiv:1206.3345 in Geoscientific Model Development Discussions December 17, 2012
- Coupling with WRF-Chem RADM2 and MOZART models Jan 17, 2013
- Assimilation of RAWS fuel moisture data, Apr 25, 2013
- Utility for choosing ignition points on the mesh Jun 15, 2013
- Reference paper describing new features since 2011 and operational deployment in Israel Oct 9, 2013
- Assimilation of RAWS fuel moisture data in standalone
- Items from the wish list that are around for a long time or may never be done should be moved here.
- Merge additional changes made independently in the WRF 3.3 release.
- Convert ignition namelist variables into arrays for multiple ignitions.
- Add running (not colocated with surface fire) canopy fire.
- Support WRF-NMM in addition to WRF-ARW
- Take the winds from a given distance behind the fireline, and set the distance in the namelist.
- Add fuel models & fuel modeling schemes, esp. Scott-Burgan categories. Input the same fuel description files as BehavePlus and FARSITE.
- Generate input data for WFDS.