Clarifying the meaning of mantras in wildland fire behaviour modelling: reply to Cruz et al. (2017)

In a recent communication, Cruz et al. (2017) called attention to several recurring statements (mantras) in the wildland fire literature regarding empirical and physical fire behaviour models. Motivated by concern that these mantras have not been fully vetted and are repeated blindly, Cruz et al. (2017) sought to verify five mantras they identify. This is a worthy goal and here we seek to extend the discussion and provide clarification to several confusing aspects of the Cruz et al. (2017) communication. In particular, their treatment of what they call physical models is inconsistent, neglects to reference current research activity focussed on combined experimentation and model development, and misses an opportunity to discuss the potential use of physical models to fire behaviour outside the scope of empirical approaches.

William Mell, Albert Simeoni, Dominique Morvan, J. Kevin Hiers, Nicholas Skowronski, et al.. Clarifying the meaning of mantras in wildland fire behaviour modelling: reply to Cruz et al. (2017). International Journal of Wildland Fire, CSIRO Publishing, 2018, 27 (11), pp.770. 〈hal-01946907〉

Journal: International Journal of Wildland Fire

Date de publication: 01-01-2018

Auteurs:
  • William Mell
  • Albert Simeoni
  • Dominique Morvan
  • J. Kevin Hiers
  • Nicholas Skowronski
  • Rory Hadden

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