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The NRFSN research and publications database leads users to regionally relevant fire science. There are more than 4,700 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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Airborne fine particulate matter (PM2.5) represents the greatest ambient air pollution risk to health. Wildfires and managed burns, together referred to hereafter as ‘landscape’ fires, are a significant PM2.5 source in many regions worldwide, able to affect air quality in areas far away from the fires themselves. We use 0.125°, 3...
Author(s): Gareth Roberts, Martin J. Wooster
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
PM2.5 is the most monitored air pollutant for which EPA has set national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). As such, it is the pollutant on which the Air Quality Index (AQI) is most often based. PM2.5 and PM10 are the only criteria pollutant whose composition, and therefore toxicity varies. The PM2.5 AQI does not account for...
Author(s): Odelle Hadley, Anthony Cutler, Ruth Schumaker, Robin Bond
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
This preview extrapolates the future increase in burn area predicted by Chao Wu et al. in this issue of One Earth to consider the inevitable increase in fire-derived pollution and implication to human health. Although these global-scale predictions are concerning, understanding future fire at regional scales will be more beneficial...
Author(s): Nancy H. F. French, Tatiana V. Loboda, Robin Puett
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Seasonal peaks of air pollution from wildfires are increasing in frequency and severity in the western provinces of Canada. During these episodes, populations are exposed to adverse short-term health effects due to elevated levels of fine particulate matter, which is the primary pollutant associated with smoke. The spatial...
Author(s): Mojgan Mirzaei, Stefania Bertazzon, Isabelle Couloigner, Babak Farjad, Roland Ngom
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Particulate matter with aerodynamic diameter < 2.5 μm (PM2.5) is one of the main pollutants generated in wildfire events with negative impacts on human health. In research involving wildfires and air quality, it is common to use emission models. However, the commonly used emission approach can generate errors and contradict the...
Author(s): Joseph Sánchez-Balseca, Agustí Pérez-Foguet
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The Lion Fire 2011 (LF11) and Lion Fire 2017 (LF17) were similar in size, location, and smoke transport. The same locations were used to monitor both fires for ground level fine particulate matter (PM2.5). Ground level PM2.5 is used to determine the relative smoke exposure from fire management tactics used during LF11 and LF17. The...
Author(s): Don Schweizer, Ricardo Cisneros, Kathleen M. Navarro
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Using observations and model simulations (ESM 4.1) during 1988–2018, we show large year‐to‐year variability in western U.S. PM2.5 pollution caused by regional and distant fires. Widespread wildfires, combined with stagnation, caused summer PM2.5 pollution in 2017 and 2018 to exceed 2 standard deviations over long‐term averages. ESM...
Author(s): Yuanyu Xie, Meiyun Lin, Larry W. Horowitz
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The destructive wildfires that occurred recently in the western US starkly foreshadow the possible future of forest ecosystems and human communities in the region. With increases in the area burned by severe wildfire in seasonally dry forests expected to result from climate change, judicious, science‐based fire and restoration...
Author(s): Scott L. Stephens, Anthony L. Westerling, Matthew D. Hurteau, M. Zachariah Peery, Courtney Schultz, Sally Thompson
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
In the southern hemisphere summer of 2019–20, Australia experienced its most severe bushfire season on record. Smoke from fires affected 80% of the population, with large and prolonged exceedances of the Australian National Air Quality Standard for fine particulate matter (PM2.5) recorded in all major population centers. We examined...
Author(s): Sharon L. Campbell, Penelope J. Jones, Grant J. Williamson, Amanda J. Wheeler, Christopher Lucani, David M. J. S. Bowman, Fay H. Johnston
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Studies of the chemical composition of atmospheric aerosols, rain water and snow in various regions of the globe quite often show the presence of pyridine and a number of its low mass derivatives. Nevertheless, the sources of those compounds in the environment have not yet been established and definitely require elucidation,...
Author(s): Dmitry S. Kosyakov, Nikolay V. Ul'yanovskii, Tomas B. Latkin, Sergey A. Pokryshkin, Valeria R. Berzhonskis, Olga V. Polyakova, Albert T. Lebedev
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article

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