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Acoustic Echo Sounding Systems: Their Potential in Forest Fire Control and Research

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Stability of the atmosphere at different levels is one important factor affecting the behavior of forest fires, but the measurement of stability and other atmospheric phenomena is complex and difficult. The acoustic echo sounder shows promise for measuring these parameters and for monitoring the pattern of air flow superimposed on the ambient atmosphere by an intense heat source, such as a forest fire. It is particularly well suited for monitoring the depth of stable inversion layers and for providing a qualitative indication of the degree of stability in the lower atmosphere. The addition of a Doppler capability to acoustic systems has also made it possible to sense remotely a vertical profile of the total wind vector to heights of 500 m.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Supervisory Research Meteorologist at the Wave Propagation Laboratory, NOAA Environmental Research Laboratories, Boulder, Colorado

Publication date: 1975-10-01

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.

    2015 Impact Factor: 1.476
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