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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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Analysis and 14C dating of charcoal fragments ≥2 mm buried in mineral soils make it possible to obtain a stand-scale portrait of Holocene fires that occurred in well-drained, fire-prone environments, as well as changes in forest stand composition over time, based on botanical identification of charcoals. However, it is not always...
Author(s): Pierre-Luc Couillard, Joanie Tremblay, Martin Lavoie, Serge Payette
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Sagebrush is one of the most imperiled ecosystems in western North America, having lost about half of its original 62 million hectare extent. Annual grass invasions are known to be increasing wildfire occurrence and burned area, but the lasting effects (greater than five years post‐fire) that the resulting reburns have on these...
Author(s): Adam L. Mahood, Jennifer Balch
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Dry mixed-conifer forests are widespread in the interior Pacific Northwest, but their historical fire regimes are poorly characterized, in particular the relative mix of low- and high-severity fire. We reconstructed a multi-century history of fire from tree rings in dry mixed-conifer forests in central Oregon. These forests are...
Author(s): Emily K. Heyerdahl, Rachel A. Loehman, Donald A. Falk
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
To enhance understanding of how climate and humans influenced historical fire occurrence in the montane forests of Jasper National Park, we crossdated fire-scar and tree age samples from 172 plots. We tested effects of drought and climatic variation driven by the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and Pacific North American (PNA)...
Author(s): Raphael D. Chavardes, Lori D. Daniels, Ze'ev Gedalof, David W. Andison
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Paleoclimate reconstructions are increasingly used to characterize annual climate variability prior to the instrumental record, to improve estimates of climate extremes, and to provide a baseline for climate change projections. To date, paleoclimate records have seen limited engineering use to estimate hydrologic risks because water...
Author(s): J. H. Stagge, D. E. Rosenberg, R. Justin DeRose, T. M. Rittenour
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Context: In the interior Northwest, debate over restoring mixed-conifer forests after a century of fire exclusion is hampered by poor understanding of the pattern and causes of spatial variation in historical fire regimes. Objectives: To identify the roles of topography, landscape structure, and forest type in driving spatial...
Author(s): Andrew G. Merschel, Emily K. Heyerdahl, Thomas A. Spies, Rachel A. Loehman
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Fire regimes across the globe have great spatial and temporal variability, and these are influence by many factors including anthropogenic management, climate, and vegetation types. Here we utilize the satellite‐based 'active fire' product, from Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) sensors, to statistically analyze...
Author(s): Nick Earl, Ian Simmonds
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
The most direct way of deciphering the dynamics of an ecosystem is to examine its biotic and abiotic components based on analysis of living and dead organisms distributed above ground. The surface analysis method presented here provides a centennial to millennial stand-scale composition and disturbance history and is applicable in...
Author(s): Vanessa Pilon, Serge Payette, Pierre-Luc Couillard, Jason Laflamme
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Fire frequency is changing globally and is projected to affect the global carbon cycle and climate. However, uncertainty about how ecosystems respond to decadal changes in fire frequency makes it difficult to predict the effects of altered fire regimes on the carbon cycle; for instance, we do not fully understand the long-term...
Author(s): Adam F. A. Pellegrini, Anders Ahlström, Sarah E. Hobbie, Peter B. Reich, Lars P. Nieradzik, A. Carla Staver, Bryant C. Scharenbroch, Ari A. Jumpponen, William R.L. Anderegg, James T. Randerson, Robert B. Jackson
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).