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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 4,800 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).

Note: Additional Northern Rockies fire research is available from our Webinars & Recorded Media Archive, which provides access to webinars, videos, podcasts, storymaps, and seminars.

Hints: By default, the Search Terms box reads and searches for terms as if there were AND operators between them. To search for one or more terms, use the OR operator. Use quotation marks around phrases or to search for exact terms. To maximize the search function, use the Search Terms box for other information (e.g. author(s), date, species of interest, additional fire topics) together with the topic, ecosystem, and/or resource type terms from the lists. Additional information is available in our documents on topics, ecosystems, and types.

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No single factor produces wildfires; rather, they occur when fire thresholds (ignitions, fuels, and drought) are crossed. Anomalous weather events may lower these thresholds and thereby enhance the likelihood and spread of wildfires. Climate change increases the frequency with which some of these thresholds are crossed, extending...
Author(s): Juli G. Pausas, Jon E. Keeley
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Climate change and human activities have drastically altered the natural wildfire balance in the Western US and increased population health risks due to exposure to pollutants from fire smoke. Using dynamically downscaled climate model projections, we estimated additional asthma emergency room visits and hospitalizations due to...
Author(s): Jennifer D. Stowell, Cheng-En Yang, Joshua S. Fu, Noah Scovronick, Matthew J. Strickland, Yang Liu
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Projected warming of global surface air temperatures will further exacerbate droughts, wildfires, and other agents of ecosystem stress. We use latewood blue intensity from high‐elevation Picea engelmannii to reconstruct late‐summer maximum air temperature for the Greater Yellowstone Ecoregion (GYE) spanning 770-2019 CE. Using a...
Author(s): Karen J. Heeter, Maegen L. Rochner, Grant Harley
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The public health emergency associated with the 2019–20 bushfires in Australia was a wake-up call to increase the resilience of our health systems to respond to climate extremes. We must combine our understanding of predictions of extreme weather events with our knowledge on emergency preparedness and response to protect the health...
Author(s): Aparna Lal, Mahomed Patel, Arnagretta Hunter, Christine Phillips
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis) (PIAL) is a proposed threatened species that plays a keystone ecological role in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE). Its population response to climate change is of high interest to managers because climate-induced declines may adversely affect critical ecosystem services that this species...
Author(s): Andrew J. Hansen, Alyson East, Robert E. Keane, Matt Lavin, Kristin Legg, Zachary A. Holden, Chris Toney, Franklin Alongi
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildfire is capable of rapidly releasing the energy stored in forests, with the amount of water in live and dead biomass acting as a regulator on the amount and rate of energy release. Here we used temperature and fuel moisture data to examine climate-driven changes in fuel moisture content over the past three decades. We then...
Author(s): Marissa J. Goodwin, Harold S. Zald, Malcolm P. North, Matthew D. Hurteau
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Aim: Fine‐scale topography and canopy cover can play an important role in mediating effects of regional‐scale climate change on the below‐canopy environment in mountain forests. The aim of this study was to determine how below‐canopy temperatures in a high‐elevation Rocky Mountain forest have been affected by canopy change resulting...
Author(s): Amanda R. Carlson, Jason S. Sibold, Jose F. Negron
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The world´s forests are one of the largest carbon sinks, making a substantial contribution to counterbalance the increase in atmospheric carbon from anthropogenic sources (Bastin et al., 2019). For this reason, there is broad support to forest conservation and restoration as an effective way to fight climate change. The European...
Author(s): Virgilio Hermoso, Adrián Regos, Alejandra Morán-Ordoñez, Andrea Duane, Lluis Brotons
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Implementation of wildfire- and climate-adaptation strategies in seasonally dry forests of western North America is impeded by numerous constraints and uncertainties. After more than a century of resource and land use change, some question the need for proactive management, particularly given novel social, ecological, and climatic...
Author(s): R. Keala Hagmann, Paul F. Hessburg, Susan J. Prichard, Nicholas A. Povak, Peter M. Brown, Peter Z. Fule, Robert E. Keane, Eric E. Knapp, Jamie M. Lydersen, Kerry L. Metlen, Matthew J. Reilly, Andrew Sanchez Meador, Scott L. Stephens, Jens T. Stevens, Alan H. Taylor, Larissa L. Yocom, Michael A. Battaglia, Derek J. Churchill, Lori D. Daniels, Donald A. Falk, Paul Henson, James D. Johnston, Meg A. Krawchuk, Carrie R. Levine, Garrett W. Meigs, Andrew G. Merschel, Malcolm P. North, Hugh Safford, Thomas W. Swetnam, Amy E. M. Waltz
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The fire plume height (smoke injection height) is an important parameter for calculating the transport and lifetime of smoke particles, which can significantly affect regional and global air quality and atmospheric radiation budget. To develop an observation‐based global fire plume‐rise dataset, a modified one‐dimensional plume‐rise...
Author(s): Ziming Ke, Yuhang Wang, Yufei Zou, Yongjia Song, Yongqiang Liu
Year Published: 2021
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).