Interactive simulation of bushfires in heterogeneous fuels

David G. Green, Andrew Tridgell, A. Malcolm Gill

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The program IGNITE, developed by the authors, is a landscape fire modelling system that deals with fires in heterogeneous fuels. Landscapes are represented as cellular automata (grids of pixels) and fire spread is modelled as an epidemic process. An integrated geographic information system permits the importing and editing of maps from compatible sources, such as satellite imagery. Maps, models and other information are organized as scenarios; historical fires can be recorded and replayed. Modules are being developed for application to fire prevention, fire suppression, land-use management, and to training and education. An illustration of using the system to deal with heterogeneous fuel is its application to the problem of percolation in patchy fuel.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-66
Number of pages10
JournalMathematical and Computer Modelling
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes

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