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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.

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Seasonal changes in the climatic potential for very large wildfires (VLWF > or = 50,000 ac ~20,234 ha) across the western contiguous United States are projected over the 21st century using generalized linear models and downscaled climate projections for two representative concentration pathways (RCPs). Significant (p < or =0....
Author(s): E. Natasha Stavros, John T. Abatzoglou, Donald McKenzie, Narasimhan K. Larkin
Year Published: 2014
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Climate warming fosters an earlier spring green-up that may bring potential benefits to ag ricultural systems. However, advances in green-up timing may leave early stage vegetation growth vulnerable to cold damage when hard freezes follow green-up resulting in a false spring. Spatiotemporal patterns of green-up dates, last spring...
Author(s): Alexander G. Peterson, John T. Abatzoglou
Year Published: 2014
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
This study investigates the extent of the rain-snow transition zone across the complex terrain of the western United States for both late 20th century climate and projected changes in climate by the mid-21st century. Observed and projected temperature and precipitation data at 4 km resolution were used with an empirical...
Author(s): P. Zion Klos, Timothy E. Link, John T. Abatzoglou
Year Published: 2014
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Changes in the extent of absolute, all-time, daily temperature records across the contiguous United States were examined using observations and climate model simulations. Observations from station data and reanalysis from 1980 to 2013 show increased extent of absolute highest temperature records and decreased extent of absolute...
Author(s): John T. Abatzoglou, Renaud Barbero
Year Published: 2014
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Johnstone and Mantua (1) claim that changes in atmospheric circulation were the primary cause of the observed warming of sea surface temperature around the northeastern Pacific margins and surface air temperature (SAT) in Northern California, Oregon, and Washington from 1901 to 2012. The results of Johnstone and Mantua’s report...
Author(s): John T. Abatzoglou, David E. Rupp, Philip W. Mote
Year Published: 2014
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
For this study three types of wind models have been defined for simulating surface wind flow in support of wildland fire management: (1) a uniform wind field (typically acquired from coarse-resolution (,4 km) weather service forecast models); (2) a newly developed mass-conserving model and (3) a newly developed mass and...
Author(s): Jason M. Forthofer, Bret W. Butler, Natalie S. Wagenbrenner
Year Published: 2014
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Very large wildfires can cause significant economic and environmental damage, including destruction of homes, adverse air quality, firefighting costs and even loss of life. We examine how climate is associated with very large wildland fires (VLWFs > or =50,000 acres, or ~20,234 ha) in the western contiguous USA. We used composite...
Author(s): E. Natasha Stavros, John T. Abatzoglou, Narasimhan K. Larkin, Donald McKenzie, E. Ashley Steel
Year Published: 2014
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Live foliar moisture content (LFMC) significantly influences wildland fire behaviour. However, characterising variations in LFMC is difficult because both foliar mass and dry mass can change throughout the season. Here we quantify the seasonal changes in both plant water status and dry matter partitioning. We collected new and old...
Author(s): William Matt Jolly, Ann M. Hadlow, Kathleen Huguet
Year Published: 2014
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Observed changes in climate of the U.S. Pacific Northwest since the early twentieth century were examined using four different datasets. Annual mean temperature increased by approximately 0.6°–0.8°C from 1901 to 2012, with corroborating indicators including a lengthened freeze-free season, increased temperature of the coldest night...
Author(s): John T. Abatzoglou, David E. Rupp, Philip W. Mote
Year Published: 2014
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Water resources in the western United States are contingent on interannual variations in snow- pack. Interannual snowpack variability has been attributed to large-scale climate patterns including the El Ni ~ no-Southern Oscillation (ENSO), however, the contribution of snowfall frequency and extreme snowfall events to this...
Author(s): A.C. Lute, John T. Abatzoglou
Year Published: 2014
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article

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