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It was a simplified example in Hottel et al. It was validated through McArthur [10] Empiricala Australia laboratory experimentation on a continuous distribution of Anderson [11] Theoretical United States pine needles. The results were relatively good, despite errors Frandsen [12] Semiempirical United States in the model Fons ignored the fourth power of temperature in Rothermel [13] Semiempiricala United States radiation heat transfer equations.

Their approach to the description of the Fujii et al. Most of these Griffin and Allan [21] Semiempirical Australia models were built according to a one-dimensional, steady Huang and Xie [22] Theoretical United States fire line spread hypothesis, which was represented by a Sneeuwjagt and Peet [23] Semiempirical Australia combustion interface and a flat, rectangular, inclined Albini [24,25] Theoretical United States isothermal fire front advancing across a homogeneous fuel De Mestre et al. This fuel bed was characterized by its moisture content, Weber [27] Theoretical Australia Borrows et al.

Croba et al. The Huang and Xie [22] and Albini [24,25] and Catchpole [31] models incorporated fuel discretisation and fuel bidimen- Grishin [32] Theoretical Russia sionality, respectively. Fernandes [38] Semiempirical Portugal The differentiating feature of the several existing models Vega [39] Semiempirical Spain lies in the way the terms considered in the basic equations, McCaw [40] Semiempirical Australia with varying consideration of and dependence on different Viegas et al.

Almost all the Larini et al. This term, however, received differing Burrows [45,46] Semiempirical Australia treatment according to the observed emission source surface Hargrove et al. An illustrative example is the work undertaken by Albini [24]. Most models generally treat the behaviour features are very significant parts of the knowledge convective term in an unclear way. Except for the models by that has been obtained from surface fire spread modelling. Pagni and Peterson [14] and Albini [25], heat contribution terms relating to hot gases present in the fuel bed were 2.

Historical review excluded from the results; gases were only qualitatively considered as an oxygen source for the combustion process. Surface fire theoretical modelling. Physical system. Rate of spread was the numerical or analytical theoretical modelling have not diminished. Although the solution, according to the difficulty of resolution.

Flame thermodynamic questions related to fire behaviour are still height and temperature could only be obtained from to be resolved. In Mediterranean Europe, the United States, experimentation. Although scientific rigor was the goal, Canada and Australia, ambitious and innovative research the results were not conclusive and consequently they were programs have been started, with the aim of developing implemented pragmatically by forest fire managers.

For this completely theoretical models which could predict all kinds reason, and due to the continuing difficulty in evaluating the of wildland fire behaviour, including surface fires. Grishin partial contribution of each heat transfer mechanism, [32], Dupuy [33], Larini et al. Guillaume [44], among others, are authors whose work More accessible, approximate methods which did not follows this new theoretical modelling approach, character- attempt to provide knowledge of underlying fire dynamics ised by a complex physical description of the system and were sought, with the aim of developing practical tools for broader and more detailed transfer equations Table 2.

This research is subject to a series of limitations due to its current early stage of development. The problem lies in the 2. Owing to its success in the majority of North American forestry management offices where it was implemented, an attempt was made to apply this model in Europe a short time later. The Rothermel 3. Crown fire models work was developed under semiempirical lines and is therefore, reliant on the experimental conditions of testing. Wildland fires that occur with crown combustion are Its application to Mediterranean vegetation did not give extremely dangerous and very difficult to fight.

Their success immediately, because of the difficulty of calibration modelling is very complex with regard to theoretical or process. However, it has been incorporated into complex empirical equations and the validation process, but it is wildland fire analysis tools that are applicable in Mediterra- strictly necessary in order to increase knowledge of large nean Europe today. Due to the complexity, few works have same lines, had its precedent in the work by McArthur [7,10] been published to date dealing with crown fires.

They in Australia. McArthur designed meters for determining the generally provide only a guide but are important enough to main surface fire parameters, which were developed by be analysed in detail. Crown fire modelling depends on two basic questions: Later, Noble et al. Crown fire vegetation different from that of dry Eucalypt forest in models may be thus classified as crown fire initiation models Australia should be done with caution. Empirical modelling research was also carried out in Table 2 Canada.

After observing more than experimental fires, Features of new theoretical models and with many wild fires documented, the Forestry Canada Fire Danger Group [29] designed the final version of a Feature Description wildland fire behaviour prediction FBP model developed in the eighties. This model was applied with satisfactory Fuel description Multiphase. Solid, liquid results in Canadian forestry agencies, and became an and gaseous phase essential tool for forest management. Spread hypothesis Two-dimensional or three-dimensional and dynamic spread Considered reactions Vaporization, pyrolysis and combustion 2.

New tendencies in theoretical modelling Balances Mass, chemical species, momentum Empirical and semiempirical tendencies in wildland fire for different phases and energy modelling have given good results in the last two decades. Table 3 shows the most their empirical character, it is difficult to extrapolate them important ones. Van Wagner [57] developed a semiempirical procedure for obtaining the rate of spread of active and passive crown 3.

Historical review fire fronts in Canadian conifer plantations. He chose this kind of vegetation because of its clear stratification and its The first published work on crown fires dates from the low fuel arrangement variability compared with naturally late fifties [49], but significant studies in this field did not regenerated areas.

The validation results were acceptable, appear until the seventies. Threshold numerical values for and the model was immediately incorporated into North- surface to crown fire transition were obtained by analysis of American global prediction systems. In its later use in the main variables which determine this type of evolution: Mediterranean Europe, errors due to its application with foliar moisture content, vertical continuity, wind velocity, different fuels should be considered or avoided by doing a fire line intensity, etc.

The most relevant study of this period correct calibration process. Rothermel obtained a statistical passive, active and independent of crown fire transition. The model starts sixties and the eighties. Using his surface fire prediction from the Byram fire line intensity expression [63], which methodology modified by Albini [56], he estimated that can be related to the energy flow rate in the convection active crown fire rate of spread was 3.

Never- 10 timber, litter and understorey and real environmental theless, the hypothesis proposed by this author constituted features. The results were underestimated owing to the use the starting point for most crown fire spread models. Wind velocity and fuel characteristics in laboratory experiments carried 3. Crown fire spread models out for surface fire model validation had different Research work on crown fire behaviour analysis started magnitudes for crown fires, which caused serious scale at the same time by studying influential parameters, such as errors in application to large fires.

Moreover, crown fire wind velocity, crown bulk density, humidity, etc. The first behaviour variables, such as crown height, bulk density and models were developed in Canada by Van Wagner [57] and foliar moisture content, were not included. Lastly, the in the United States by Rothermel [58]. They were designed equations developed in Rothermel [58] had very bad to give rate of spread, fire line intensity and crown fuel standard deviations, which is another sign of poor precision consumption and to be applicable in operation.

Because of predictions. Simplified representation of the radiation emitted from a crown fire front. From Van Wagner [66]. After this analysis it can be concluded that this model 4.

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Mathematical models for the study of spotting should be used with similar fires to those studied in Rocky Mountain conifer plantations with certain environmental Spotting is a phenomenon associated mainly to large conditions wind speeds higher than 8 m s21, and slopes wildland fires. In fires in the urban wildland Nevertheless, these methodologies were well received interface spotting is reported as being a very dangerous and integrated with surface fire modelling procedures.

Spotting also reduces However, theoretical studies also had a huge impact, even the effectiveness of fire prevention, and makes the control of if it was impossible to complete them and make them prescribed burns more complicated. A common feature in all this work was the Despite the complexity and random nature of spotting, consideration of radiation as the dominant heat transfer predicting the factors that lead to its occurrence and mechanism.

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The reference work concerning radiation is the establishing the most likely places where it may occur Kurbatskiy and Telitsin model [55]. These authors correctly help to minimise its effects. Historical review aerial vegetation stratum understood as an internal source Fig. Unfortunately, there are few spotting models. Never- In the last decade there have been works in which theless, the results of a few of them have contributed valid crown fire initiation and crown FBP methodologies are information to our knowledge and our ability to predict the proposed together.

The most notable of these are the phenomenon. Numerical values for the distance at which Grishin [32] model, due to its rigorous theoretical spotting appears and the associated ignition probabilities are treatment, the Albini model [59], which was calibrated the main aims of spotting studies. The methodology used by and tested in the most complex and documented exper- authors for obtaining these results was theoretical in most imental research program undertaken anywhere in the cases, although statistical models based on historical world ICFME, The International Crown Fire Modelling analysis of large wildland fires have been found in Experiment, Alexander et al.

Theoretical models fire managements softwares. These last two works include Although the premiere experimental work on that the Van Wagner models [51,57], and Finney [60] subject, which is one of the most comprehensive researches incorporates the Rothermel [58] model. They are therefore, on this field, was done by Tarifa et al. Albini results from wildland fire simulators in which they have gave expressions for the maximum distance of spotting been implemented. From Australia , and the work which was recently carried out in the these six submodels Albini proposes an expression for the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of maximum distance that a cylindrical particle with optimum California by Woycheese et al.

The latter is the most diameter considered as one which is still burning when it strict and precise spotting study which has been published to lands can achieve. This particle is first lofted by a flame and date. The authors obtain a final equation containing different then by a convection column, which is turbulent, steady and variables relating to maximum spotting distance through not affected by external air conditions, and is later independent modelling of several spotting aspects Table 6. Although this model has not yet been adopted in a complex This methodology is strongly based on the study of drag prediction tool with operational capacity, its clearly theor- forces and trajectories.

However, experimental coefficients etical procedure allows acceptable reliability to be expected. The application of This will allow it to adapt to any system. Its integration will the model is strictly for obtaining maximum spotting involve two distinct modules: one for examining the wind distance; it never estimates ignition location probability.

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Empirical models detrimental to its reliability in analysing real fires. With the exception the Muraszew and Fedele [69] With regard to its practical application, the model is model, in which fire front production of embers which are complemented by several spreadsheets, which are supported dragged by the convection column in terms of their size is by graphics and figures.

This makes obtaining an estimate of statistically studied, no other work has been found to date. Physical fuel Table 5 features which favour the occurrence of spotting are being Submodels which make up the Albini model [70—72] analysed by laboratory experiments and a theoretical study is planned in the near future. Submodels Variables studied Flame structure Height, gas fluxes and dynamic pressure 5. Ground fire models Plume structure Gas fluxes Combustion of a cylindrical Burning rate The visual impact of ground fires is not as dramatic as particle that of surface or crown fires.

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Nevertheless, modelling this Vertical trajectory of a Maximum height phenomenon is an indispensable task for the efficient cylindrical particle protection of forest ecosystems. These effects are very harmful to 5. The smouldering combustion process of organic soils is Although the occurrence of ground fires is well not known with sufficient accuracy.

Nevertheless, obser- documented [82 —84], few experimental works that include vations described by Artsybashev [92], Wein [84] and the description of ignition, spread and heat transfer in Ellery et al. With regard to this ground fire. Smouldering was viewed as a burning wave research activity, two main subjects directly related to the moving downward and laterally into porous unburned fuel, gravity of the phenomenon have been studied. These are which creates a bowl- or balloon-shaped cavity whose probability of ignition and heat transfer in ground fires. Artsybashev [92] suggested that modelling this type of fire could be based on the idea developed by Fons [4] in his surface fire spread 5.

Smouldering ignition models model, mentioned above. Later, in a more accurate interpretation, Schneller and Normally, a ground fire is started by the spread of a Frandsen [93] stated that an adequate model of the surface fire through litter and burning twigs, cones, surface phenomenon should take into account the evolution of roots and trunks. These types of fuel have greater residence the heat flux and the thermal properties of the burning and times than fine fuels, which means that they become sources the unburned zone.

With reference to this idea, Frandsen of sustained burning.

If they are directly connected to the [94] modelled the heat flux in a ground fire bearing in mind organic layers of the soil after the surface fire front has all the parameters on which it depends. This work passed, a ground fire will start, provided that the conditions constitutes a very important first step in achieving a model of the soil are those required for ignition. Using commercial, modified peat moss as a simulated fuel, they conducted a series of experimental tests in order to 6. Wildland fire calculation systems ascertain the relationship between theses limits and the moisture content, bulk density and ash content of the The ultimate aim of wildland fire modelling, apart from organic layer of the soil.

Based on these studies, Frandsen increasing knowledge of wildland fire dynamics, is to create [88] later developed a set of equations of smouldering procedures that might be incorporated into calculation tools ignition probability for different Alaska forest floor duff for the day-to-day work of forest fire managers. The layers by testing real, organic soil samples.

Canadian and American researchers in more powerful and versatile calculation systems, which have been working on two different research studies together, have become more useful tools for land management. Historical review Alaska and Western Canada [89]. The first is by Frandsen [88], as mentioned above, and the latter by Lawson and The appearance of effective wildland fire calculation Dalrymple [90].

These authors have developed a set of systems used by different forestry agencies has been directly equations that link moisture content at different soil depths in linked to the development of good mathematical models. The meters Forest Fire Weather Index FWI System [91], which are well appeared in the sixties thanks to Australian modelling led by known and widely used by fire managers. McArthur [7,10].

They were a kind of slide rule composed 1 of four concentric discs in which several variables, those The DMC is a numerical rating of the average moisture content included in the mathematical procedures, were represented. This code gives an indication of fuel consumption in moderate duff layers and A grassland or forest fire front rate of spread was estimated medium-size woody material. The DC is a numerical rating of the by rotating the discs according to the actual values of the average moisture content of deep, compact, organic layers. This variables. These tools were well received, due to their ease code is a useful indicator of seasonal drought effects on forest fuels, of use and their degree of reliability.

Improved versions of and amount of smouldering in deep duff layers and large logs. Computer implementation of mathematical models which input and output tabular and graphic data interact The gradual introduction of computers as work tools in providing a systematic, organised and simple methodology. Integration of Geographical Information Systems ematical models. The United States Department of Agricul- for wildland fire simulation ture Forest Service was the pioneer in this field and developed Technological advances regarding the capture of carto- the first version of the Behave program FBP and fuel graphic information have led to the appearance of powerful modelling system in which was firstly programmed programs for processing and managing landscape data.

As in onto the TI calculator [95]. It was based on the Rothermel other disciplines, Geographical Information Systems have [13] studies. Surface fire rate of spread and fireline intensity made a qualitative leap forward, which is especially notable was given by this software, by inputting fuel and environ- for wildland fire studies. Together with other factors, digital mental data. In later versions the program has been improved representations of natural spaces have encouraged the with regard to its versatility crown fire and spotting variables development of complex FBP systems.

Thus, forest fire have been included and with regard to its graphic user managers can now bring a new approach to their work by interface data input and output have been made easier. Similar tools, in which This new vision is possible due to the fact that, apart mathematical models from different origins were incorpor- from mathematical models for the prediction of fire ated, were created in the nineties Table 7.

From Canada, characteristics, new wildland fire software packages incor- procedures for surface and crown FBP were incorporated porate numerical simulation techniques. These techniques into the FBP system. In its updated version, FBP is allow users to work with GIS layers in which the fire front compatible with the Windows operating system and information is generated.

The construction of wildland fire calculates fire characteristics in Canadian fuel models. It simulators may be split into two categories, those linked to a was developed by Forestry Canada Fire Danger Group [29] regular grid system and those linked to the continuous plane and it is based on surface and crown fire empirical models [].

Landscape is It is designed to replace old Australian meters. Lastly, new represented by a lattice of square, triangular or hexagonal tools have come about in the United States which were divisions as appropriate, and values of corresponding based on the Behave system, with the aim of improving its environmental features are incorporated into each shortcomings.

The Nexus Microsoft Excel worksheet is a division. The fire front travels on a Main features of simulation techniques continuous landscape and draws a perimeter which is divided into a finite number of segments. Therefore, the main fire front Calculation speada Lower Greater Programation Lower Greater perimeter is the envelope of the small ellipses generated complexitya after a certain time interval. This simulation criterion is Precisiona Lower Greater based on the wave propagation principle developed by a Huygens [].

Values regarding these fields are comparatives between simulation techniques. The decision to choose cellular or wave propagation which is associated with each cell [,]. This simulation techniques depends on the kind of the mathemat- probability is adjusted by an empirical fire behaviour ical model which has to be simulated, and on technical criteria mathematical model made using historical fire data.

Fire complexity []. The main features are shown in Table 8. These rules are based on developed at several research centres around the world theoretical and semiempirical mathematical fire beha- Table 9. The main components of most of them are viour models. The use of these systems as basic daily fire prevention However, spotting is clearly a random phenomenon and the and extinction tools has not been standardised in the probabilistic processes necessary for obtaining good majority of countries of origin, though Farsite [] has predictions are missing. This tool is They have become more complex and versatile as new suitable for carrying out complete and comparable analyses technologies have been developed and they work relatively of different fire scenarios, because the simulation results are well in the specific forestry types where they were designed.

Working with fire behaviour data this represents. These calculation systems are guides for on a real landscapes allows prevention and extinction supporting fire prevention and extinction decision-making, strategies to be designed in a localised and individual way. More research work must be However, Farsite has not been thoroughly validated. It is done in order to improve them.

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This action of the feedback critically depends on the turnover rate of IP3. To shape the oscillations, positive feedback requires fast IP3 turnover, whereas negative feedback requires slow IP3 turnover. Prof Gregory D. Movies: eba. Although there is consensus that calcium Ca puffs and sparks arise from the cooperative action of multiple intracellular Ca channels, the precise relationship between single-channel kinetics and the collective phenomena of stochastic Ca excitability and oscillations is not well understood. Here we present and analyze a stochastic automata network model of instantaneously coupled Ca-regulated Ca channels that gives insight into how the stochastic dynamics of an individual Ca release site depends on channel density and the presence or absence of Ca inactivation.

The relationship between such stochastic Ca release site dynamics and global Ca responses will then be discussed in the context of a novel probability density approach to modeling whole cell Ca dynamics. The method involves coupling ODEs for the bulk cytosolic and ER [Ca] to advection-reaction equations for the probability density of the [Ca] in cytosolic and lumenal domains associated with each channel and conditioned on channel state. The probability density approach is computationally more efficient than explicitly spatial Monte Carlo simulations and the representation of local Ca signals inherent in the probability density approach is more realistic than conventional stochastic compartmental models.

The dynamics of stochastic attrition viewed as an absorption time on a terminating Markov chain. Cell Calcium. SIAM J. Applied Math. Keizer J and Smith GD. Smith GD. Pages Dr Martin Bootman , Dr H. Llewelyn Roderick and Dr Stephen Coombes. We are interested in the processes that modulate cardiac calcium signals. In particular, we have been investigating the spatial pattern of calcium signalling during excitation-contraction coupling and how it is altered by 'inotropic' agonists that regulate blood flow.

We will also present some preliminary data modelling atrial responses. Dr Martin Falcke. Oscillations on a cellular level can arise by several fundamentally different mechanisms. The whole cell or parts of it may represent an oscillatory medium with oscillatory local dynamics or global events that may be initiated repetitively by non-periodic processes like repetitive wave initiation. The first mechanism implies regular interspike intervals ISI while the second one entails ISI distributions exhibiting a linear dependence of the standard deviation on the average ISI.

We show that experimental results support the second mechanism. We present first results for this theory. Dr Alex Webb. The circadian clock is the internal timekeeper of plants. This clock regulates most aspects of plant physiology. This includes those cellular and ion transport processes controlling responses as diverse as stomatal, leaf and floral movements, hypocotyl elongation, nutrient uptake and inter- and intracellular transport.

The consensus model for plant circadian clock function is becoming refined with detail, especially at the level of molecular processes that underlie timekeeping the circadian oscillator , and the synchronization of the oscillator with the external day-night cycle entrainment.

However, the signal transduction pathways that communicate endogenous estimates of external time from the molecular oscillator s to clock-controlled components of biochemistry and physiology remain poorly understood. I will describe new data that demonstrate how the circadian clock encodes information in oscillations of cytosolic free calcium. I will also discuss our advances in identifying other components of the circadian signalling network using automated measurements of physiology and microarray analysis. Prof Jim Keener Mathematics, Utah opened the meeting with a solid introduction about the true nature of cellular calcium dynamics.