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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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Fire refugia are landscape elements that remain unburned or minimally affected by fire, thereby supporting postfire ecosystem function, biodiversity, and resilience to disturbances. Although fire refugia have been studied across continents, scales, and affected taxa, they have not been characterized systematically over space and...
Author(s): Arjan J. H. Meddens, Crystal A. Kolden, James A. Lutz, Alistair M. S. Smith, C. Alina Cansler, John T. Abatzoglou, Garrett W. Meigs, William M. Downing, Meg A. Krawchuk
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildfires are increasing in size and severity in forested landscapes across the Western United States. Not only do fires alter land surfaces, but they also affect the surface water quality in downstream systems. Previous studies of individual fires have observed an increase in various forms of nutrients, ions, sediments and metals...
Author(s): Ashley J. Rust, Terri S. Hogue, Samuel Saxe, John McCray
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
To increase ecosystem resiliency, and achieve the desired future condition of stands with large tree retention and low fuel loads, federal agencies have actively implemented a large number of fuel reduction and forest restoration projects in low-elevation dry conifer forests throughout the western United States. A noteworthy example...
Author(s): Jane E. Smith, Daniel L. Luoma, Benjamin T. N. Hart
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Wildfire affects the health and well-being of people, yet the science behind its management grapples with uncertainties that have led to scientific debates. In particular, diverging views over how “natural” highseverity fire is in conifer forests across the western US have, in some cases, impeded the effective integration of science...
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
Community-level climate change indicators have been proposed to appraise the impact of global warming on community composition. However, non-climate factors may also critically influence species distribution and biological community assembly. The aim of this paper was to study how fire-vegetation dynamics can modify our ability to...
Author(s): Adrián Regos, Miguel Clavero, Manuela D'Amen, Antoine Guisan, Lluis Brotons
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
An improved understanding of atmospheric perturbations within and above a forest during a wildland fire has relevance to many aspects of wildland fires including fire spread, smoke transport and dispersion, and tree mortality. In this study, the ARPS-CANOPY model, a version of the Advanced Regional Prediction System (ARPS) model...
Author(s): Michael T. Kiefer, Shiyuan Zhong, Warren Heilman, Joseph J. Charney, Xindi Bian
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The retrospective study of abrupt and sustained increases in the radial growth of trees (hereinafter ‘releases’)b y tree-ring analysis is an approach widely used for reconstructing past forest disturbances. Despite the range of dendrochronological methods used for release-detection, a lack of in-depth comparison between them can...
Author(s): Volodymyr Trotsiuk, Neil Pederson, Daniel L. Druckenbrod, David A. Orwig, Daniel A. Bishop, Audrey Barker-Plotkin, Shawn Fraver, Dario Martin-Benito
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Fire is a dominant, and well-studied, structuring force in many temperate and semi-arid communities; yet, few studies have investigated the effects of fire on multi-trophic interactions. Here, we ask how fire-induced changes in flowering affect the abundance of bumble bee foragers (Bombus vosnesenskii) and whether differences in...
Author(s): John M. Mola, Neal M. Williams
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The water balance in a watershed can be disrupted by forest disturbances such as harvests and fires. Techniques to accurately and efficiently map forest cover changes due to disturbance are evolving quickly, and it is of interest to ask how useful maps of different types of disturbances over time can be in the prediction of water...
Author(s): Alexander J. Hernandez, Sean P. Healey, Hongsheng Huang, R. Douglas Ramsey
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Natural resource managers face the need to develop strategies to adapt to projected future climates. Few existing climate adaptation frameworks prescribe where to place management actions to be most effective under anticipated future climate conditions. We developed an approach to spatially allocate climate adaptation actions and...
Author(s): Kathryn Ireland, Andrew J. Hansen, Robert E. Keane, Kristin Legg, Rob Gump
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).