PHOTON is a testing framework software for robust comparisons of multiple versions of PHOENIX Rapidfire or newly derived datasets.

Then name PHOTON originates from PHOenix Test demON. PHOTON relies on using of Phoenix fire simulator as a model and is not an independent software, it. The main purpose of PHOTON is to compare multiple PHOENIX projects that can be derived from either  different PHOENIX versions or different PHOENIX input datasets. Photon was developed for Windows OS only.

PHOTON allows a user to run two different types of scenarios. 

 The first scenario is called “Study Case Fires”.  As the name suggests, a database of known fire events exists which can be used for assessing model performance.  These fires have not been used extensively in the development of PHOENIX and are considered independent.  Each case study fire is run across the comparisons and compared to the known fire extent. The software then analyses the differences in area and spatial overlap between the original fire and multiple PHOENIX projects – with differing versions of PHOENIX or input data. 

The second scenario is called “Synthetic Fires”. In this approach, we are looking at variation in predicted fire behaviour across a range of environmental and weather conditions.  A grid of ignition points is created across a defined study area. The user can determine the spacing of the ignitions.  For each ignition point, 18 weather streams are used to simulate fires.  These weather streams cover the full range of the Forest Fire Danger Index (FFDI).  Data are analysed according to the fuel which the fire burns – grass, forest, or mixed. We then compare the extent and overlap of the fires between multiple PHOENIX projects – with differing versions of PHOENIX or input data

Projects that have applied our software

Understanding the origin and development of extreme and mega bushfires

Extreme and mega fires result in significant damage to property and infrastructure and are associated with large suppression costs. These events occur when separate fires merge. Their increase occurrence in recent seasons highlight the ...

Multiscale experimentation and simulation of wildfire spotting

Wildfires pose a significant risk to human and environmental assets around the world, especially in the Mediterranean region and Australia. Firebrands generated in wildfires are one of the most dangerous exposure mechanisms and the main cause ...

Developing detailed emission source terms for next-generation wildland fire and smoke modeling tools using improved near-field fire measurements

The primary negative impact from prescribed fires to human populations are the respiratory and visual smoke hazards when it is transported in sufficient quantities and compositions. Therefore, smoke management is paramount to prescribed ...

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