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Performance Evaluation of an Operational Rapid Response Fire Spread Forecasting System in the Southeast Mediterranean (Greece)

National Observatory of Athens, Institute for Environmental Research and Sustainable Development, Lofos Koufou, 15236 Penteli, Greece
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Atmosphere 2020, 11(11), 1264; https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos11111264
Received: 12 October 2020 / Revised: 17 November 2020 / Accepted: 18 November 2020 / Published: 23 November 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Coupled Fire-Atmosphere Simulation)
The current work presents the operational implementation and evaluation of a rapid response fire spread forecasting system, named IRIS, that was developed to provide support to the tactical wildfire suppression activities of the Hellenic Fire Corps. The system was operationally employed during the 2019 fire season in Greece, providing on-demand wildfire spread predictions for 17 incidents. Satellite remote sensing data were employed for quantitatively assessing IRIS’s predictions for eight selected events. Our results suggest an overall satisfactory model performance. More importantly, this study demonstrates that, as coupled fire-atmosphere modeling becomes an increasingly popular approach, the respective models have great potential to support operational agencies and wildfire managers during the incident phase. View Full-Text
Keywords: WRF-Fire; Greece; operational forecasting; wildfire; IRIS; fire spread; rapid response WRF-Fire; Greece; operational forecasting; wildfire; IRIS; fire spread; rapid response
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Giannaros, T.M.; Lagouvardos, K.; Kotroni, V. Performance Evaluation of an Operational Rapid Response Fire Spread Forecasting System in the Southeast Mediterranean (Greece). Atmosphere 2020, 11, 1264.

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Giannaros TM, Lagouvardos K, Kotroni V. Performance Evaluation of an Operational Rapid Response Fire Spread Forecasting System in the Southeast Mediterranean (Greece). Atmosphere. 2020; 11(11):1264.

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Giannaros, Theodore M.; Lagouvardos, Konstantinos; Kotroni, Vassiliki. 2020. "Performance Evaluation of an Operational Rapid Response Fire Spread Forecasting System in the Southeast Mediterranean (Greece)" Atmosphere 11, no. 11: 1264.

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