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Reducing the Burden of Smouldering Megafires: an Earth-Scale Challenge

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Project "HAZE" data sheet

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Organization address
city: LONDON
postcode: SW7 2AZ

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙958˙900 €
 EC max contribution 1˙958˙900 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-CoG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-05-01   to  2021-04-30


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 Project objective

Smouldering megafires are the largest and longest-burning fires on Earth. They destroy essential peatland ecosystems, and are responsible for 15% of annual global greenhouse gas emissions. This is the same amount attributed to the whole of the European Union, and yet it is not accounted for in global carbon budgets. Peat fires also induce surges of respiratory emergencies in the population and disrupt shipping and aviation routes for long periods, weeks even months. The ambition of HAZE is to advance the science and create the technology that will reduce the burden of smouldering fires. Despite their importance, we do not understand how smouldering fires ignite, spread or extinguish, which impedes the development of any successful mitigation strategy. Megafires are routinely fought across the globe with techniques that were developed for flaming fires, and are thus ineffective for smouldering. Moreover, the burning of deep peat affects older soil carbon that has not been part of the active carbon cycle for centuries to millennia, and thus creates a positive feedback to the climate system. HAZE wants to turn the challenges faced by smouldering research into opportunities and has the following three novel aims: 1) To conduct controlled laboratory experiments and discover how peat fires ignite, spread and extinguish. 2) To develop multidimensional computational models for the field scale (~1 km) and simulate the real phenomena. 3) To create pathways for novel mitigation technologies in accurate prevention, quick detection systems, and simulation-driven suppression strategies. With my proposal, Europe has the chance to lead the way and pioneer technologies against this Earth-scale and important but unconventional source of emissions. I am confident that with the support of ERC, I can deliver the science and excellence needed to tackle this global challenge, and in doing so, I will advance the knowledge frontier, foster innovation and develop new young talent for Europe


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Franz Richter, Guillermo Rein
Heterogeneous kinetics of timber charring at the microscale
published pages: 1-9, ISSN: 0165-2370, DOI: 10.1016/j.jaap.2018.11.019
Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis 138 2019-06-07
2018 Yuqi Hu, Nieves Fernandez-Anez, Thomas E. L. Smith, Guillermo Rein
Review of emissions from smouldering peat fires and their contribution to regional haze episodes
published pages: 293, ISSN: 1049-8001, DOI: 10.1071/wf17084
International Journal of Wildland Fire 27/5 2019-06-07
2018 C. Roulston, C. Paton-Walsh, T. E. L. Smith, É.-A. Guérette, S. Evers, C. M. Yule, G. Rein, G. R. Van der Werf
Fine Particle Emissions From Tropical Peat Fires Decrease Rapidly With Time Since Ignition
published pages: 5607-5617, ISSN: 2169-897X, DOI: 10.1029/2017JD027827
Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 123/10 2019-06-07
2018 Franz Richter, Guillermo Rein
The Role of Heat Transfer Limitations in Polymer Pyrolysis at the Microscale
published pages: , ISSN: 2297-3079, DOI: 10.3389/fmech.2018.00018
Frontiers in Mechanical Engineering 4 2019-06-07
2019 Xinyan Huang, Guillermo Rein
Upward-and-downward spread of smoldering peat fire
published pages: 4025-4033, ISSN: 1540-7489, DOI: 10.1016/j.proci.2018.05.125
Proceedings of the Combustion Institute 37/3 2019-06-07
2018 Huan, Yan; Huang, Xinyan; Rein, Guillermo
Gpyro Workbook on Pyrolysis & Smouldering Problems
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1212540
2019 Yuqi Hu, Eirik Christensen, Francesco Restuccia, Guillermo Rein
Transient gas and particle emissions from smouldering combustion of peat
published pages: 4035-4042, ISSN: 1540-7489, DOI: 10.1016/j.proci.2018.06.008
Proceedings of the Combustion Institute 37/3 2019-06-07
2019 Han Yuan, Francesco Restuccia, Franz Richter, Guillermo Rein
A computational model to simulate self-heating ignition across scales, configurations, and coal origins
published pages: 1100-1109, ISSN: 0016-2361, DOI: 10.1016/j.fuel.2018.09.065
Fuel 236 2019-06-07

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