Ronan Paugam

Research Associate

Research Interests:

  • Understanding Physics of Fire, in particular radiation
  • Developing coarse/empirically based radiative transfer model for large fire.
  • Fire Radiation Measurement – Remote Sensing techniques for prescribed burn.
  • Meso Scale Atmospheric Dynamics
  • Coupling of physical processes and turbulent atmospheric dynamics


Since October 2008, I have been a research associate in the Department of Geography, King’s College London where I am working with Professor Martin Wooster on measurement and modelling of Fire Radiation Power (FRP). I have been involved in:

  • a NERC funded project which had the objective to establish a parametrization of the injection height of wildland fire emission for use in Global Climate or Air Quality Model. The idea is to use measurement and numerical simulation to establish a relation between the height of a fire plume and the Fire Radiative Power (which can be easily measured by remote sensing at global scale) and use it to model wildland fire occurrence and variability.
  • The MACC-II and MACC-III fire project (see link). I was involved in the implementation of the  above mentioned parametrization in the GFAS fire emission inventory.
  • an ESA funded project which is still currently running and aims to develop a simulation tools to model the FRP product from observed and/or simulated fire.

Some highlights of My work:

Some example geo-referenced thermal imagery recorded with a handheld AGEMA 550 camera operated from a helicopter hovering over the side of a burning plot:


  • BSc at University Paris Sud in Fundamental Physics
  • Diplome d’Ingenieur from Ecole Centrale Paris & MSc at University Paris Sud – ENS-cachan: main subject on Applied Mathematics
  • PhD from Ecole Centrale Paris done at CERFACS (Toulouse, France): title: Numerical Simulation of Condensation Trail formation and its interaction with the atmospheric turbulence


  • Paugam, R., Wooster, M., Atherton, J., Freitas, S. R., Schultz, M. G., and Kaiser, J. W.: Development and optimization of a wildfire plume rise model based on remote sensing data inputs – Part 2, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 15, 9815-9895, doi:10.5194/acpd-15-9815-2015, 2015.
  • Paugam, R., Wooster, M., Freitas, S. R., and Val Martin, M.: A review of approaches to estimate wildfire plume injection height within large scale atmospheric chemical transport models – Part 1, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 15, 9767-9813, doi:10.5194/acpd-15-9767-2015, 2015.
  • Gonzi, S., Palmer, P. I., Paugam, R., Wooster, M., and Deeter, M. N.: Quantifying pyroconvective injection heights using observations of fire energy: sensitivity of spaceborne observations of carbon monoxide, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 4339-4355, doi:10.5194/acp-15-4339-2015, 2015.
  • N. Evangeliou, Y. Balkanski, A. Cozic, W. M. Hao, F. Mouillot, K. Thonicke, R. Paugam, S. Zibtsev, T. A. Mousseau, R. Wang, B. Poulter, A. Petkov, C. Yue, P. Cadule, B. Koffi, J. W. Kaiser, and A. P. Møller 2015. Fire evolution in the radioactive forests of Ukraine and Belarus: future risks for the population and the environment. Ecological Monographs 85:49–72.
  • Paugam R., Wooster, M. J. and Roberts, G, 2013: Use of Handheld Thermal Imager Data for Airborne Mapping of Fire Radiative Power and Energy and Flame Front Rate of Spread, Geoscience and Remote Sensing, IEEE Transactions on , vol.51, no.6, pp.3385,3399
  • Rochoux, M. C., Cuenot, B., Ricci, S., Trouve, A., Delmotte, B., Massart, S., Paoli, R. & Paugam, R.: Data assimilation applied to combustion, Jan 2013 In : COMPTES RENDUS MECANIQUE. 341, 1-2, p. 266-276 11 p., DOI: 10.1016/j.crme.2012.10.011
  • Val Martin, M., R. A. Kahn, J. A. Logan, R. Paugam, M. Wooster, and C. Ichoku, 2012: Space-based observational constraints for 1-D fire smoke plume-rise models, J. Geophys. Res., 117, D22204
  • Paugam R. , R. Paoli, and D. Cariolle, 2010: Influence of vortex dynamics and atmospheric turbulence on the early evolution of a contrail, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, Vol. 10, pp. 3933-3952.
  • D. Cariolle, D. Caro, R. Paoli, D. Hauglustaine, B. Cuenot, A. Cozic, and R. Paugam, 2009: Introduction of non-linear plume chemistry into large scale atmospheric models: application to aircraft emissions, Journal of Geophysical Research, Vol. 114, D19302.


Talks and Proceedings

  • R. Paugam, M. Wooster, G. Papadakis, and M. Schultz: Estimation of the Injection Height of Biomass Burning Emission, Proceeding for the ESA-iLEAPS-EGU joint conference, Frascati, Italy, November 2010
  • R. Paoli, R. Paugam, L. Nybelen, C. Sarrat, and D. Cariolle: High-resolution numerical simulations of physicochemical processes in aircraft wakes, Proceedings of the International Conference Transport, Atmosphere and Climate, Aachen, Germany, June 2009.
  • D. Cariolle, R. Paoli, D. Hauglustaine, D. Caro, B. Cuenot and R. Paugam: Introduction of plume chemistry into large-scale atmospheric models, Proceedings of the International Conference Transport, Atmosphere and Climate, Aachen, Germany, June 2009.
  • R. Paugam, R. Paoli, D. Cariolle and B. Cuenot: Numerical simulation of aircraft plume evolution using a mesoscale code, Proceedings of the International Conference on Transport, Atmosphere and Climate, Oxford, UK, June 2006.


Some Python codes

  •  Upload Read and Plot Active Fire Data from MODIS. see the zip file here
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