# CS382:Fire

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** Fires can ''start'' any number of ways (lightning, careless smokers, etc.) | ** Fires can ''start'' any number of ways (lightning, careless smokers, etc.) | ||

** Fires can ''spread'' in many ways (more lightning, wind, dense undergrowth, etc.) | ** Fires can ''spread'' in many ways (more lightning, wind, dense undergrowth, etc.) | ||

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+ | * Start covering basic dynamic modeling methods (brief overview, we'll cover Cellular Automata later) | ||

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+ | ** Agent Modeling | ||

+ | ** Systems Dynamics | ||

'''Lecture 2''' | '''Lecture 2''' |

## Revision as of 14:45, 25 February 2009

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# Forest Fires

This short unit about the spreading of forest fires is intended to teach some of the basics of using a simple pre-made model/simulation. While there are many benefits to using this model, the ability to physically verify the results proves to be difficult. It turns out that the rudimentary simulation of a wild fire spreading through a forest of varying densities can be implemented in a wide range of tools including NetLogo, AgentSheets, Vensim, Excel, and possibly others. Thus, this single model can teach the basics of simulation techniques like agent modeling, cellular automata, and systems dynamics without requiring students to relearn or rediscover what results to expect and allows them to focus on the methods and the techniques.

## Background Readings

WildFire Modeling (wikipedia)

Agent-based modeling and simulation of wildland fire suppression

Cellular Automata (wikipedia)

History of Cellular Automata

## Lecture Notes

**Lecture 1**

- Brief cover of wildfires, to understand the basics of what we're going to try to model
- Fires can
*start*any number of ways (lightning, careless smokers, etc.) - Fires can
*spread*in many ways (more lightning, wind, dense undergrowth, etc.)

- Fires can

- Start covering basic dynamic modeling methods (brief overview, we'll cover Cellular Automata later)
- Cellular Automata
- Agent Modeling
- Systems Dynamics

**Lecture 2**

## CRS Questions

- Which of these is a reasonable method for simulating Wild Fires?

- A technique called "systematic dynamical conflagration"
- Going out back campus and ....
- Coding all the properties of wood into a program
- A technique called "cellular automata"

- What is another name for "Cellular Automata"?

- Automated Telecomune
- Tessellation Automata
- Biological Automated Simulation
- Systems Dynamics

- Who is credited for doing some of the first work in Cellular Automata?

- Stephen Wolfram
- John von Neumann
- Alan Turing
- Stanislaw Ulam