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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 2,100 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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Foliar moisture content (FMC) is a primary factor in the canopy ignition process as surface fire transitions to crown fire. In combination with measured stand data and assumed environmental conditions, reasonable estimates of foliar moisture content are necessary to determine and justify silvicultural targets for canopy fuels...
Author(s): Christopher R. Keyes
Year Published: 2006
Type: Document : Conference Proceedings, Synthesis
Big sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata) ecosystems typically experience stand replacing fires during which some or all of the ignited biomass is consumed. Biomass consumption is directly related to the energy released during a fire, and is an important factor that determines smoke production and the effects of fire on other resources....
Author(s): Clinton S. Wright, Susan J. Prichard
Year Published: 2006
Type: Document : Conference Proceedings
This paper presents FTM-West, a partial market equilibrium model designed to project future wood market impacts of significantly expanded fuel treatment programs that could remove trees to reduce fire hazard on forestlands in the U.S. West. FTM-West was designed to account for structural complexities in marketing and utilization...
Author(s): Peter J. Ince, Andrew Kramp, Henry Spelter, Kenneth E. Skog, Dennis P. Dykstra
Year Published: 2006
Type: Document : Conference Proceedings
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
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
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
Stereo photographs, hemispherical photographs, and stand data are presented with associated biomass and canopy fuel characteristics for five Interior West conifer stands. Canopy bulk density, canopy base height, canopy biomass by component, available canopy fuel load, and vertical distribution of canopy fuel are presented for each...
Author(s): Joe H. Scott, Elizabeth D. Reinhardt
Year Published: 2005
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Fuel moisture is one of the major components of fire risk assessment in the western United States. Regional and landscape fuel moisture estimates are currently derived from coarse resolution remotely sensed imagery without ground measurements to validate the estimates. Additionally, these estimates are determined using the...
Author(s): Jennifer L. Rechel, Seth H. Peterson, Dar A. Roberts, Jan W. van Wagtendonk
Year Published: 2005
Type: Document : Conference Proceedings
The natural fuels stereo photo series is a collection of geo-referenced data and photographs that display a range of natural conditions, fuel loadings, and other fuelbed characteristics in a wide variety of forest-, woodland-, shrub-, and grass-dominated ecosystem types. The photo series are useful tools for quickly and...
Author(s): Roger D. Ottmar
Year Published: 2005
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
The primary factor in estimating fire danger is fuel moisture. Fuel moisture varies seasonally and should be measured over an entire fire season using remote sensing technologies and verified using ground measurements. Recent advances in spaceborne and airborne imaging systems can potentially significantly improve the ability to...
Author(s): Jennifer L. Rechel, Dar A. Roberts
Year Published: 2005
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper

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