The BehavePlus fire modelling system is a Windows® based computer program that can be used for any fire management application that involves modelling fire behaviour and some fire effects. The system is composed of a collection of mathematical models that describe fire behaviour and the fire environment. The program simulates rate of fire spread, spotting distance, scorch height, tree mortality, fuel moisture, wind adjustment factor, as well as other variables; so, it is used to predict fire behaviour in multiple situations

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Policy domains: Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry & Foods
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Strengths• Uses specified fuel and moisture conditions to simulate surface and crown fire rate of fire spread and intensity, probability of ignition, fire size, spotting distance, and tree mortality.
• Predicting the behaviour of an ongoing fire.
• Planning fire treatments.
• Assessing fuel hazard.
• Understanding fire behaviour.
Weaknesses• No open licence availability
• Successful application of Behave Plus depends upon a knowledgeable user. To effectively use Behave Plus in fire modelling, you must have enough fire and fuel experience and fire behaviour training to recognise whether your input values are reasonable and make appropriate adjustments.
Opportunities• Climate change: intense heat waves that sweep over Europe, roaring temperatures and weeks of drought are triggering deadly fires across the region making the understanding of fire behaviour vital for decision making and safety. Threats• Climate change: intense heat waves that sweeping over Europe, roaring temperatures and weeks of drought are triggering deadly fires across the region.

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