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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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Comprehensive spatial coverage of forest canopy fuels is relied upon by fire management in the US to predict fire behavior, assess risk, and plan forest treatments. Here, a collection of light detection and ranging (LiDAR) datasets from the western US are fused with Landsat-derived spectral indices to map the canopy fuel attributes...
Author(s): Christopher J. Moran, Van R. Kane, Carl A. Seielstad
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
In the case of ongoing wildfire events, timely information on current fire parameters is crucial for informed decision making. Satellite imagery can provide valuable information in this regard, since thermal sensors can detect the exact location and intensity of an active fire at the moment the satellite passes over. This...
Author(s): Michael Nolde, Simon Plank, Torsten Riedlinger
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Since the 1960s, canopy photography has been widely used in forestry. Hemispherical photography has been the most widely used technique, but a great drawback of this method is its perceived sensitivity to hemispherical image acquisition and processing. Over the last decade, several alternative photographic approaches using...
Author(s): Francesco Chianucci
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
With the past century of fire suppression in ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) forests, there has been an accumulation of surface fuels, causing decreases in understory vegetation and increasing high severity fire risk. However, fire size and location can make it costly and unsafe to obtain ground measurements of understory...
Author(s): Eva K. Strand, Jessie M. Dodge
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Aim: Functional traits are a crucial link between species distributions and the ecosystem processes that structure those species’ niches. Concurrent increases in the availability of functional trait data and our ability to model species distributions present an opportunity to develop functional trait biogeography (i.e., the mapping...
Author(s): Jens T. Stevens, Matthew M. Kling, Dylan W. Schwilk, J. Morgan Varner, Jeffrey M. Kane
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Purpose:This paper reviews the most recent literature related to the use of remote sensing (RS) data in wildland fire management. Recent Findings: Studies dealing with pre-fire assessment, active fire detection, and fire effect monitoring are reviewed in this paper. The analysis follows the different fire management categories:...
Author(s): Emilio Chuvieco, Inmaculada Aguado, Javier Salas, Mariano Garcia, Marta Yebra, Patricia Oliva
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Within the realms of both wildland and prescribed fire, an understanding of how fire severity and forest structure interact is critical for improving fuels treatment effectiveness, quantifying the ramifications of wildfires, and improving fire behavior modeling. We integrated high resolution estimates of fire severity with multi-...
Author(s): Nick Skowronski, Michael R. Gallagher, Timothy A. Warner
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Methods to accurately estimate spatially explicit fuel consumption are needed because consumption relates directly to fire behavior, effects, and smoke emissions. Our objective was to quantify sparkleberry (Vaccinium arboretum Marshall) shrub fuels before and after six experimental prescribed fires at Fort Jackson in South Carolina...
Author(s): Andrew T. Hudak, Akira Kato, Benjamin C. Bright, E. Louise Loudermilk, Christie M. Hawley, Joseph C. Restaino, Roger D. Ottmar, Gabriel A. Prata, Carlos Cabo, Susan J. Prichard, Eric Rowell, David R. Weise
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Highlights: • LiDAR technology is a municipality tool to map forest continuity in a wildland–urban interface. • Mapping forest continuity of urban parcels permits prioritisation of intervention efforts to prevent forest fires. • Moran's I permits determination of spatial autocorrelation of the Canopy Fraction Cover of urban...
Author(s): Anna Badia, Meritxell Gisbert
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Improving decision processes and the informational basis upon which decisions are made in pursuit of safer and more effective fire response have become key priorities of the fire research community. One area of emphasis is bridging the gap between fire researchers and managers through development of application-focused,...
Author(s): Francisco Rodriguez y Silva, Christopher D. O'Connor, Matthew P. Thompson, Juan Ramón Molina Martínez, David E. Calkin
Year Published: 2020
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).