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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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As forest fire activity increases worldwide, it is important to track changing patterns of burn severity (i.e., degree of fire‐caused ecological change). Satellite data provide critical information across space and time, yet how satellite indices relate to individual measures of burn severity on the ground (e.g., tree mortality or...
Author(s): Brian J. Harvey, Robert A. Andrus, Sean C. Anderson
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Downed coarse woody debris, also known as coarse woody detritus or downed dead wood, is challenging to estimate for many reasons, including irregular shapes, multiple stages of decay, and the difficulty of identifying species. In addition, some properties are commonly not measured, such as wood density and carbon concentration. As a...
Author(s): John L. Campbell, Mark B. Green, Ruth D. Yanai, Christopher W. Woodall, Shawn Fraver, Mark E. Harmon, Mark A. Hatfield, Charles J. Barnett, Craig R. See, Grant M. Domke
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
US public land management agencies are faced with multiple, often conflicting objectives to meet management targets and produce a wide range of ecosystem services expected from public lands. One example is managing the growing wildfire risk to human and ecological values while meeting programmatic harvest targets for economic...
Author(s): Alan A. Ager, Rachel M. Houtman, Michelle A. Day, Chris Ringo, Palaiologos Palaiologou
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Predicting the efficacy of fuel treatments aimed at reducing high severity fire in dry-mixed conifer forests in the western US is a challenging problem that has been addressed in a variety of ways using both field observations and wildfire simulation models. One way to describe the efficacy of fuel treatments is to quantify how...
Author(s): Ana M. G. Barros, Alan A. Ager, Michelle A. Day, Palaiologos Palaiologou
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Sustainable fire management has eluded all industrial societies. Given the growing number and magnitude of wildfire events, prescribed fire is being increasingly promoted as the key to reducing wildfire risk. However, smoke from prescribed fires can adversely affect public health. We propose that the application of air quality...
Author(s): David M. J. S. Bowman, Lori D. Daniels, Fay H. Johnston, Grant J. Williamson, William Matt Jolly, Sheryl Magzamen, Ana G. Rappold, Michael Brauer, Sarah B. Henderson
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) have experienced phenomenal growth over the past decade. They are typically deployed in human-inaccessible terrains to monitor and collect time-critical and delay-sensitive events. There have been several studies on the use of WSN in different applications. All such studies have mainly focused on...
Author(s): Mian Ahmad Jan, Priyadarsi Nanda, Xiangjian He, Ren Ping Liu
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Fire has always been a natural disturbance process that is essential to healthy ecological systems across the landscape in the western United States. In the early 1900s, land management agencies sought to suppress all fires in an effort to preserve the timber supply and other natural resources. Fire suppression policy was effective...
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
Structurally diverse forests provide resilience to an array of disturbances and are a mainstay of multiple-resource management. Silviculture based on natural disturbance can increase structural heterogeneity while providing other ecological and economic benefits. One useful silvicultural tool for promoting structural heterogeneity...
Author(s): Justin S. Crotteau, Christopher R. Keyes, Sharon M. Hood, Andrew J. Larson, Elaine Kennedy Sutherland, David K. Wright, Joel M. Egan
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Key message: We describe a modeling system that enables detailed, 3D fire simulations in forest fuels. Using data from three sites, we analyze thinning fuel treatments on fire behavior and fire effects and compare outputs with a more commonly used model. Context: Thinning is considered useful in altering fire behavior, reducing fire...
Author(s): Russell A. Parsons, F. Pimont, Lucas Wells, Greg M. Cohn, William Matt Jolly, Francois P. deColigny, Eric Rigolot, Jean-Luc Dupuy, William E. Mell, Rodman Linn
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Semiarid rangelands experience substantial interannual variability in precipitation, which can determine the relative abundance of species in any given year and influence the way that fire affects plant community composition and productivity. Long-term studies are needed to examine potential interactions between fluctuating...
Author(s): N. A. Dufek, David J. Augustine, Dana M. Blumenthal, Julie A. Kray, Justin D. Derner
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).