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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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We compared the utility of discrete-return light detection and ranging (lidar) data and multispectral satellite imagery, and their integration, for modeling and mapping basal area and tree density across two diverse coniferous forest landscapes in north-central Idaho. We applied multiple linear regression models subset from a suite...
Author(s): Andrew T. Hudak, Nicholas L. Crookston, Jeffrey S. Evans, Michael J. Falkowski, Alistair M. S. Smith, Paul E. Gessler, Penelope Morgan
Year Published: 2006
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
We compared the accuracy and precision of digital hemispherical photography and the LI-COR LAI-2000 plant canopy analyzer as predictors of canopy fuels. We collected data on 12 plots in western Montana under a variety of lighting and sky conditions, and used a variety of processing methods to compute estimates. Repeated measurements...
Author(s): Abran Steele-Feldman, Elizabeth D. Reinhardt, Russell A. Parsons
Year Published: 2006
Type: Document : Conference Proceedings
Land managers need cost-effective methods for mapping and characterizing forest fuels quickly and accurately. The launch of satellite sensors with increased spatial resolution may improve the accuracy and reduce the cost of fuels mapping. The objective of this research is to evaluate the accuracy and utility of imagery from the...
Author(s): Michael J. Falkowski, Paul E. Gessler, Penelope Morgan, Andrew T. Hudak, Alistair M. S. Smith
Year Published: 2005
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Summary of Findings: (1) Satellite imagery has the potential to map fuel models at the national and local levels: (a) Landsat. The Landfire project has shown that Landsat 7 (ETM+) data are useful for mapping fuels at the national level. Critical to developing accurate maps are data collected in the field on fuels and vegetation. At...
Author(s): Jan W. van Wagtendonk, Ralph Root, Carl H. Key
Year Published: 2005
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Proof-of-concept research is being conducted to: compare airborne and in situ, ground-based fire measurement systems; begin evaluation of two fire-behavior simulation models with these data; test approaches to incorporating improved wind-field and weather data in these models; test the utility of the airborne remote sensing for...
Author(s): Colin C. Hardy, Philip J. Riggan
Year Published: 2005
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
In 1999, a coarse-scale map of Fire Regime Condition Classes (FRCC) was developed for the conterminous United States (US) to help address contemporary fire management issues and to quantify changes in fuels from historical conditions. This map and its associated data have been incorporated into national policies (National Fire Plan...
Author(s): James P. Menakis, Melanie Miller, Thomas Thompson
Year Published: 2004
Type: Document : Conference Proceedings
Land managers need cost-effective methods for mapping and characterizing fire fuels quickly and accurately. The advent of sensors with increased spatial resolution may improve the accuracy and reduce the cost of fuels mapping. The objective of this research is to evaluate the accuracy and utility of imagery from the Advanced...
Author(s): Michael J. Falkowski, Paul E. Gessler, Penelope Morgan, Alistair M. S. Smith, Andrew T. Hudak
Year Published: 2004
Type: Document : Conference Proceedings
Airborne laser altimetry provides an unprecedented view of the forest floor in timber fuel types and is a promising new tool for fuels assessments. It can be used to resolve two fuel models under closed canopies and may be effective for estimating coarse woody debris loads. A simple metric-obstacle density-provides the necessary...
Author(s): Carl A. Seielstad, Lloyd P. Queen
Year Published: 2003
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
A map of Yellowstone National Park (YNP) was derived from Landsat Thematic Mapper (TM) imagery and used to assess the isolation of burned areas, the heterogeneity that resulted from fires burning under moderate and severe burning conditions, and the relationship between heterogeneity and fire size. The majority of severely burned...
Author(s): Monica G. Turner, William W. Hargrove, Robert H. Gardner, William H. Romme
Year Published: 1994
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
This work was undertaken because of a mutual interest of the Department of Defense, Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA), and the USDA Forest Service in the problems of detecting hot targets against natural terrain backgrounds using airborne infrared (IR) line scanning instrumentation. The study objectives were broadly defined...
Author(s): Ralph A. Wilson, Stanley N. Hirsch, Forrest H. Madden, John B. Losensky
Year Published: 1971
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper

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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).