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Assessing the drivers of 'spring dip' in foliar moisture content and their potential impact on forest fire behavior

Date: February 20, 2014
Presenter(s): William Matt Jolly

This webinar discussed the following - 1) Foliar moisture content changes are driven by changes in density, 2) Density changes are primarily due to an increase in starch, 3) Starch content may be the missing link in the increased flammability during the Spring Dip, 4) Density or LFM can be measured throughout the season as a proxy for starch content changes, 5) Dip timing is not constant and it is most likely a function of spring soil and air temperatures; can we model the timing and length of the dip? 6) Fire management decisions could be improved by incorporating a live fuel monitoring program and by extending the depth of the current study

Topic(s): Fire Behavior, Fuels Inventory & Monitoring, Fuels
Ecosystem(s): None
Type: Webinar
NRFSN number: 13248
FRAMES RCS number: 16806
Record updated: May 24, 2018