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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.

Hints: By default, the Search Terms box reads and searches for terms as if there were AND operators between them. To search for one or more terms, use the OR operator. Use quotation marks around phrases or to search for exact terms. To maximize the search function, use the Search Terms box for other information (e.g. author(s), date, species of interest, additional fire topics) together with the topic, ecosystem, and/or resource type terms from the lists. Additional information is available in our documents on topics, ecosystems, and types.

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This review is focused on tree seedling regeneration for several reasons. First, a high mortality event, like a high- severity wildfire, kills the mature trees needed to maintain forest cover. When fire-caused mortality is minimal, we are less concerned about tree regeneration, but a high severity fire creates the need for tree...
Author(s): Camille Stevens-Rumann, Penelope Morgan, Kimberley T. Davis, Kerry Kemp, Jarod Blades
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
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
Satellite-derived spectral indices such as the relativized burn ratio (RBR) allow fire severity maps to be produced in a relatively straightforward manner across multiple fires and broad spatial extents. These indices often have strong relationships with field-based measurements of fire severity, thereby justifying their widespread...
Author(s): Sean A. Parks, Lisa M. Holsinger, Michael J. Koontz, Luke Collins, Ellen Whitman, Marc-Andre Parisien, Rachel A. Loehman, Jennifer L. Barnes, Jean-François Bourdon, Jonathan Boucher, Yan Boucher, Anthony C. Caprio, Adam Collingwood, Ronald J. Hall, Jane Park, Lisa B. Saperstein, Charlotte Smetanka, Rebecca J. Smith, Nicholas O. Soverel
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Questions: Gradients of fire severity in dry conifer forests can be associated with variation in understory floristic composition. Recent work in California, USA, dry conifer forests has suggested that more severely burned stands contain more thermophilic taxa (those associated with warmer and drier conditions), and that forest...
Author(s): Jens T. Stevens, Jesse E. D. Miller, Paula J. Fornwalt
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Climate change is increasing fire activity in the western United States, which has the potential to accelerate climate-induced shifts in vegetation communities. Wildfire can catalyze vegetation change by killing adult trees that could otherwise persist in climate conditions no longer suitable for seedling establishment and survival...
Author(s): Kimberley T. Davis, Solomon Z. Dobrowski, Philip E. Higuera, Zachary A. Holden, Thomas T. Veblen, Monica T. Rother, Sean A. Parks, Anna Sala, Marco Maneta
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Improved predictions of tree species mortality and growth metrics following fires are important to assess fire impacts on forest succession, and ultimately forest growth and yield. Recent studies have shown that North American conifers exhibit a 'toxicological dose-response' relationship between fire behavior and the resultant...
Author(s): Wade D. Steady, Raquel Partelli Feltrin, Daniel M. Johnson, Aaron M. Sparks, Crystal A. Kolden, Alan F. Talhelm, James A. Lutz, Luigi Boschetti, Andrew T. Hudak, Andrew S. Nelson, Alistair M. S. Smith
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
An automated disk infiltrometer was developed to improve the measurements of soil hydraulic properties (saturated hydraulic conductivity and sorptivity) of soils affected by wildfire. Guideline are given for interpreting curves showing cumulative infiltration as a function of time measured by the autodisk. The autodisk was used to...
Author(s): John A. Moody, Richard G. Martin, Brian A. Ebel
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Post-fire assessment is made after a wildfire incident to provide details about damage level and its distribution over burned areas. Such assessments inform restoration plans and future monitoring of ecosystem recovery. Due to the high cost and time to conduct fieldwork, remote sensing is an appealing alternative to assess post-fire...
Author(s): Carine Klauberg, Andrew T. Hudak, C. A. Silva, Sarah A. Lewis, Peter R. Robichaud, Theresa B. Jain
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Background:Short-term post-fire field studies have shown that native shrub cover in chaparral ecosystems negatively affects introduced cover, which is influenced by burn severity, elevation, aspect, and climate. Using the southern California 2003 Old and Simi fires and the 2008 Sesnon Fire, we investigated the role of native shrubs...
Author(s): April G. Smith, Beth A. Newingham, Andrew T. Hudak, Benjamin C. Bright
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildfires cause substantial environmental and socioeconomic impacts and threaten many Spanish forested landscapes. We describe how LiDAR-derived canopy fuel characteristics and spatial fire simulation can be integrated with stand metrics to derive models describing fire behaviour. We assessed the potential use of very-low-density...
Author(s): Jeremy Arkin, Nicholas C. Coops, Txomin Hermosilla, Lori D. Daniels, Andrew Plowright
Year Published: 2019
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).