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Research and Publications Database

The NRFSN research and publications database leads users to regionally relevant fire science. There are nearly 4,000 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 Webinar & Video Archive, which provides access to webinars, videos, podcasts, and seminars.

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Fire plays a key role in regulating the spatial interactions between adjacent vegetation types from the stand to the landscape scale. Fire behavior modeling can facilitate the understanding of these interactions and help managers restore or maintain fire’s natural role. The Valles Caldera National Preserve (VALL), in the Jemez...
Author(s): Joshua L. Conver, Donald A. Falk, Stephen R. Yool, Robert R. Parmenter
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The complexity and demands of wildland firefighting in the western U.S. have increased over recent decades due to factors including the expansion of the wildland-urban interface, lengthening fire seasons associated with climate change, and changes in vegetation due to past fire suppression and timber harvest. In light of these...
Author(s): Karen L. Riley, Matthew P. Thompson, Joe H. Scott, Julie W. Gilbertson-Day
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
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
Modelling the dynamics of wildfires is very computationally challenging. Although three-dimensional computational fluid dynamics (CFD) models have been successfully applied to wildfires, the computational time required makes them currently impractical for operational usage. In this study, we develop a two-dimensional propagation...
Author(s): J. E. Hilton, Andrew L. Sullivan, W. Swedosh, J. Sharples, C. Thomas
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
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
This work investigates gap winds in a steep, deep river canyon prone to wildland fire. The driving mechanisms and the potential for forecasting the gap winds are investigated. The onset and strength of the gap winds are found to be correlated to the formation of an along-gap pressure gradient linked to periodic development of a...
Author(s): Natalie S. Wagenbrenner, Jason M. Forthofer, Chris Gibson, Abby Indreland, Brian K. Lamb, Bret W. Butler
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).