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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 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).

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Accurate information about three-dimensional canopy structure and wildland fuel across the landscape is necessary for fire behaviour modelling system predictions. Remotely sensed data are invaluable for assessing these canopy characteristics over large areas; lidar data, in particular, are uniquely suited for quantifying three-...
Author(s): Birgit Peterson, Kurtis J. Nelson, Carl A. Seielstad, Jason Stoker, William Matt Jolly, Russell A. Parsons
Year Published: 2015
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Attaining fire-adapted human communities has become a key focus of collaborative planning on landscapes across the western United States and elsewhere. The coupling of fire simulation with GIS has expanded the analytical base to support such planning efforts, particularly through the "fireside" concept that identifies areas where...
Author(s): Joe H. Scott, Matthew P. Thompson, Julie W. Gilbertson-Day
Year Published: 2015
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Fire has historically played a fundamental ecological role in many of America’s wildland areas. However, the rising number of homes in the wildland-urban interface (WUI), associated impacts on lives and property from wildfire, and escalating costs of wildfire management have led to an urgent need for communities to become “fire-...
Author(s): Susan M. Stein, Sara J. Comas, James P. Menakis, Mary A. Carr, Susan I. Stewart, Helene Cleveland, Lincoln Bramwell, Volker C. Radeloff
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
The third IAWF Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference was held in Spokane, Washington, October 25-29, 2010, and commemorated the 100th anniversary of the 1910 fires in the Northern Rocky Mountains. The theme of the conference was appropriately titled ‘Beyond Fire Behavior and Fuels: Learning from the Past to Help Guide Us in the Future...
Year Published: 2011
Type: Document : Conference Proceedings
With an increase in the risk of large fires across much of the Western United States, along with a growing variety of fuel types that result from changes in the landscape and management strategies, there has never been a more pressing need for accurate, cost-efficient, large scale forest fuel maps. Emerging remote sensing...
Author(s): Rachel Clark
Year Published: 2009
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
Remote sensing from space may well become one of the world's most effective, accurate, and efficient ways to assess fire risk and thus manage large landscapes. The technology is evolving quickly, and researchers are busy keeping up. Some major western U.S. landscapes are just now being assessed for integrating remote sensing data...
Author(s): Rachel Clark
Year Published: 2009
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
Fuels management programs are designed to reduce risks to communities and to improve and maintain ecosystem health. The International Association of Wildland Fire initiated the 1st Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference to address development, implementation, and evaluation of these programs. The focus was on how to measure success....
Author(s): Patricia L. Andrews, Bret W. Butler
Year Published: 2006
Type: Document : Conference Proceedings
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

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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).