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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 2,200 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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219 results

The direct effects of climate change on alpine treeline ecotones – the transition zones between subalpine forest and non-forested alpine vegetation – have been studied extensively, but climate-induced changes in disturbance regimes have received less attention. To determine if recent increases in area burned extend to these higher-...
Author(s): C. Alina Cansler, Donald McKenzie, Charles B. Hansler
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Climate suitability is projected to decline for many subalpine species, raising questions about managing species under a deteriorating climate. Whitebark pine (WBP) (Pinus albicaulis) in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) crystalizes the challenges that natural resource managers of many high mountain ecosystems will likely face...
Author(s): Andrew J. Hansen, Kathryn Ireland, Kristin Legg, Robert E. Keane, Edward Barge, Martha Jenkins, Michiel Pillet
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Ecological memory is central to how ecosystems respond to disturbance and is maintained by two types of legacies – information and material. Species life-history traits represent an adaptive response to disturbance and are an information legacy; in contrast, the abiotic and biotic structures (such as seeds or nutrients) produced by...
Author(s): Jill F. Johnstone, Craig D. Allen, Jerry F. Franklin, Lee E. Frelich, Brian J. Harvey, Philip E. Higuera, Michelle Mack, Ross K. Meentemeyer, Margaret R. Metz, George L.W. Perry, Tania L. Schoennagel, Monica G. Turner
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The interactions between climate and wildland fire are complex. To better understand these interactions, we used ArcMap 10.2.2 to examine the relationships between early spring snowmelt and total annual area burned within a defined region of the Rocky Mountains of the western United States....
Author(s): Donal S. O'Leary, Trevor D. Bloom, Jacob C. Smith, Christopher R. Zemp, Michael J. Medler
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Climate change velocity is a vector depiction of the rate of climate displacement used for assessing climate change impacts. Interpreting velocity requires an assumption that climate trajectory length is proportional to climate change exposure; longer paths suggest greater exposure. However, distance is an imperfect measure of...
Author(s): Solomon Z. Dobrowski, Sean A. Parks
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The relationships among drought, surface water flow, and groundwater recharge are not straightforward for most forest ecosystems due to the strong role that vegetation plays in the forest water balance. Hydrologic responses to drought can be either mitigated or exacerbated by forest vegetation depending upon vegetation water use and...
Author(s): James M. Vose, Chelcy Ford Miniat, Charles H. Luce, Heidi Asbjornsen, Peter V. Caldwell, John L. Campbell, Gordon E. Grant, Daniel J. Isaak, Steven P. Loheide II, Ge Sun
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Increased forest fire activity across the western continental United States (US) in recent decades has likely been enabled by a number of factors, including the legacy of fire suppression and human settlement, natural climate variability, and human-caused climate change. We use modeled climate projections to estimate the...
Author(s): John T. Abatzoglou, A. Park Williams
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Climate change adaptation is a rapidly evolving field in conservation biology and includes a range of strategies from resisting to actively directing change on the landscape. The term 'climate change resilience,' frequently used to characterize adaptation strategies, deserves closer scrutiny because it is ambiguous, often...
Author(s): Nicholas A. Fisichelli, Gregor W. Schuurman, Cat Hawkins Hoffman
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
With ongoing public concern regarding climate change and recent drought that has affected many areas of the western United States, this study provides context and direct evidence for the negative impact of water stress on forest ecosystems. The response of trees to drought is a tangible example of the impacts of climate change on...
Author(s): David L. Peterson, Jeremy S. Littell
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Historical and presettlement relationships between drought and wildfire have been well documented in much of North America, with forest fire occurrence and area burned clearly increasing in response to drought. Drought interacts with other controls (forest productivity, topography, and fire weather) to affect fire intensity and...
Author(s): Jeremy S. Littell, David L. Peterson, Karen L. Riley, Yongqiang Liu, Charles H. Luce
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper

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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).