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Research and Publications Database

The NRFSN research and publications database leads users to regionally relevant fire science. There are more than 3,600 documents, which have been carefully categorized by the NRFSN to highlight topics and ecosystems important in the Northern Rockies Region. Categorized resources include records from the Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP), Fire Research and Management Exchange System (FRAMES), and Fire Effects Information System (FEIS).

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Wildland fire is a critical process in forests of the western United States (US). Variation in fire behavior, which is heavily influenced by fuel loading, terrain, weather, and vegetation type, leads to heterogeneity in fire severity across landscapes. The relative influence of these factors in driving fire severity, however, is...
Author(s): Sean A. Parks, Lisa M. Holsinger, Matthew Panunto, William Matt Jolly, Solomon Z. Dobrowski, Gregory K. Dillon
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The 2010 Church’s Park Fire burned beetle-killed lodgepole pine stands in Colorado, including recently salvage-logged areas, creating a fortuitous opportunity to compare the effects of salvage logging, wildfire and the combination of logging followed by wildfire. Here, we examine tree regeneration, surface fuels, understory plants,...
Author(s): Charles C. Rhoades, Kristen Pelz, Paula J. Fornwalt, Brett Wolk, Anthony S. Cheng
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) have experienced phenomenal growth over the past decade. They are typically deployed in human-inaccessible terrains to monitor and collect time-critical and delay-sensitive events. There have been several studies on the use of WSN in different applications. All such studies have mainly focused on...
Author(s): Mian Ahmad Jan, Priyadarsi Nanda, Xiangjian He, Ren Ping Liu
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Expanding the footprint of natural fire has been proposed as one potential solution to increase the pace of forest restoration programs in fire‐adapted landscapes of the western USA. However, studies that examine the long‐term socio‐ecological trade‐offs of expanding natural fire to reduce wildfire risk and create fire resilient...
Author(s): Ana M. G. Barros, Alan A. Ager, Michelle A. Day, Meg A. Krawchuk, Thomas A. Spies
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Western juniper (Juniperus occidentalis Hook.) woodlands are replacing low elevation (< 2100 m) quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides Michx.) stands in the northern Great Basin. Restoring aspen woodlands is important because they provide wildlife habitat for many species and contain a high diversity of understory shrubs and...
Author(s): Jonathan D. Bates, Kirk W. Davies
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Understanding burn severity is essential to provide an overview of the precursory conditions leading to fires as well as understanding the constraints placed on fire management services when mitigating their effects. Determining the minimum sampling frequency for ground measurements is not only essential for accurately assessing...
Author(s): Alexander W. Holmes, Christoph Rüdiger, Sarah Harris, Nigel J. Tapper
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Detection of tree spatial patterns and structural attributes in a forest stand can provide critical information on occurring dynamics, and steer management decisions. However, since tree spatial distribution depends on factors that operate at different scales, including environmental heterogeneity and tree-to-tree interactions, both...
Author(s): Marco Carrer, Daniele Castagneri, Ionel Popa, Mario Pividori, Emanuele Lingua
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Crown projection area (CPA) is a critical parameter in assessing inter-tree competition and estimating biomass volume. A multi-layer seeded region growing-based approach to the fully automated assessment of CPA based on 3D-point-clouds derived from terrestrial laser scanning (TLS) is presented. Independently repeated manual CPA-...
Author(s): Tim Ritter, Arne Nothdurft
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
An improved understanding of atmospheric perturbations within and above a forest during a wildland fire has relevance to many aspects of wildland fires including fire spread, smoke transport and dispersion, and tree mortality. In this study, the ARPS-CANOPY model, a version of the Advanced Regional Prediction System (ARPS) model...
Author(s): Michael T. Kiefer, Shiyuan Zhong, Warren Heilman, Joseph J. Charney, Xindi Bian
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
We examined spatial patterns of post-fire regenerating conifers in a Colorado, USA, dry conifer forest 11–12 years following the reintroduction of mixed-severity fire. We mapped and measured all post-fire regenerating conifers, as well as all other post-fire regenerating trees and all residual (i.e., surviving) trees, in three 4-ha...
Author(s): Sparkle L. Malone, Paula J. Fornwalt, Michael A. Battaglia, Marin Chambers, Jose M. Iniguez, Carolyn Hull Sieg
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article

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These resources are compiled in partnership with the Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP), Fire Research and Management Exchange System (FRAMES), and Fire Effects Information System (FEIS).