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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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It is generally accepted that year-to-year variability in moisture conditions and drought are linked with increased wildfire occurrence. However, quantifying the sensitivity of wildfire to surface moisture state at seasonal lead-times has been challenging due to the absence of a long soil moisture record with the appropriate...
Author(s): Daniel Jensen, John T. Reager, Brittany Zajic, Nick Rousseau, Matthew Rodell, Everett Hinkley
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Local wind fields that account for topographic interaction are a key element for any wildfire spread simulator. Currently available tools to generate near-surface winds with acceptable accuracy do not meet the tight time constraints required for data-driven applications. This article presents the specific problem of data-driven...
Author(s): O. Rios, W. Jahn, Elsa Pastor, M.M. Valero, E. Planas
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
An experimental and numerical study was carried out to assess the performance of the different submodels and parameters used to describe the burning dynamics of wildfires. A multiphase formulation was used and compared to static fires of dried pitch pine needles of different bulk densities. The samples were exposed to an external...
Author(s): M. El Houssami, A. Lamorlette, D. Morvan, Rory Hadden, Albert Simeoni
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildfires are a common phenomenon on most continents. They have occurred for an estimated 60 million years and are part of a regular climatic cycle. Nevertheless, wildfires represent a real and continuing problem that can have a major impact on people, wildlife and the environment. The intensity and severity of wildfires can be...
Author(s): Dmytro Matsypura, Oleg A. Prokopyev, Aizat Zahar
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
A newer generation of models that interactively couple the atmosphere with fire behavior have shown an increased potential to understand and predict complex, rapidly changing fire behavior. This is possible if they capture intricate, time-varying microscale airflows in mountainous terrain and fire-atmosphere feedbacks. However, this...
Author(s): Janice L. Coen
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
We present TerraClimate, a dataset of high-spatial resolution (1/24°, ~4-km) monthly climate and climatic water balance for global terrestrial surfaces from 1958–2015. TerraClimate uses climatically aided interpolation, combining high-spatial resolution climatological normals from the WorldClim dataset, with coarser resolution time...
Author(s): John T. Abatzoglou, Solomon Z. Dobrowski, Sean A. Parks, Katherine C. Hegewisch
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The treatment of the contribution of woody debris (WD, such as branches or small logs >6–50 mm diameter) to the rate of forward spread of a fire in current operational forest fire spread models is inconsistent. Some models do not take into account this fuel at all (i.e. only consider the combustion of fine fuels ( ⩽ 6 mm diameter...
Author(s): Andrew L. Sullivan, N. C. Surawski, Daniel A. Crawford, Richard J. Hurley, Liubov Volkova, Christopher J. Weston, Carl P. Meyer
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Faster than real-time wildland fire simulators are being increasingly adopted by land managers to provide decision support for tactical wildfire management and assist with strategic risk planning. These simulators are typically based on simple forward rate-of-spread algorithms that were predominantly developed using observations of...
Author(s): Thomas J. Duff, Jane G. Cawson, Brett Cirulis, Petter Nyman, Gary J. Sheridan, Kevin G. Tolhurst
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The Rothermel surface fire spread model, with some adjustments by Frank A. Albini in 1976, has been used in fire and fuels management systems since 1972. It is generally used with other models including fireline intensity and flame length. Fuel models are often used to define fuel input parameters. Dynamic fuel models use equations...
Author(s): Patricia L. Andrews
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Variable selection in ecological niche modelling can influence model projections to a degree comparable to variations in future climate scenarios. Consequently, it is important to select feature (variable) subsets for optimizing model performance and characterizing variability. We utilize a novel random subset feature selection...
Author(s): James L. Tracy, Antonio Trabucco, A. Michelle Lawing, J. Tomasz Giermakowski, Maria D. Tchakerian, Gail M. Drus, Robert N. Coulson
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).