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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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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.

224 results

Mountain ecosystems within our national parks and other protected areas provide valuable goods and services such as clean water, biodiversity conservation, and recreational opportunities, but their potential responses to expected climatic changes are inadequately understood. The Western Mountain Initiative (WMI) is a collaboration...
Author(s): Nathan L. Stephenson, David L. Peterson, Daniel B. Fagre, Craig D. Allen, Donald McKenzie, Jill Baron
Year Published: 2006
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
We are working in Yellowstone National Park to determine how initial post-fire structural heterogeneity controls carbon dynamics over the full cycle of individual forest stands, and how climate-mediated changes in the fire regime could potentially alter the behavior of the entire Yellowstone ecosystem as a net sink or net source in...
Author(s): Michael G. Ryan, Daniel M. Kashian, Erica A. H. Smithwick, William H. Romme, Monica G. Turner, Daniel B. Tinker
Year Published: 2005
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Interactions between forests, climatic change and the Earth's carbon cycle are complex and represent a challenge for forest managers-they are integral to the sustainable management of forests. In this volume, a number of papers are presented that describe some of the complex relationships between climate, the global carbon cycle and...
Author(s): David L. Peterson, John L. Innes, Kelly O'Brian
Year Published: 2004
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Understanding the relative influence of fuels and climate on wildfires across the Rocky Mountains is necessary to predict how fires may respond to a changing climate and to define effective fuel management approaches to controlling wildfire in this increasingly populated region. The idea that decades of fire suppression have...
Author(s): Tania L. Schoennagel, Thomas T. Veblen, William H. Romme
Year Published: 2004
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Climatic variability is a dominant factor affecting large wildfires in the western United States, an observation supported by palaeoecological data on charcoal in lake sediments and reconstructions from fire-scarred trees. Although current fire management focuses on fuel reductions to bring fuel loadings back to their historical...
Author(s): Donald McKenzie, Ze'ev Gedalof, David L. Peterson, Philip W. Mote
Year Published: 2004
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article, Synthesis
Climate warming may first show up in forests as increased growth, which occurs as warmer temperatures, increased carbon dioxide, and more precipitation encourage higher rates of photosynthesis. The second way that climate change may show up in forests is through changes in disturbance regimes-the long-term patterns of fire, drought...
Author(s): Valerie A. Rapp
Year Published: 2004
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
High-temporal resolution meteorological output from the Parallel Climate Model (PCM) is used to assess changes in wildland fire danger across the western United States due to climatic changes projected in the 21st century. A business-as-usual scenario incorporating changing greenhouse gas and aerosol concentrations until the year...
Author(s): Timothy J. Brown, Beth L. Hall, Anthony L. Westerling
Year Published: 2004
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Twentieth-century wildfire suppression and land management policies have promoted biomass accumulations in some ecosystems in the western United States where wildfire is a natural and necessary element. These changes have fueled large, stand-replacing crown fires in southwestern ponderosa pine forests, where they were rare under...
Author(s): Anthony L. Westerling, Thomas W. Swetnam
Year Published: 2003
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article, Synthesis
Fire is an important part of the disturbance regimes of northwestern US forests and its role in maintaining and altering forest vegetation is evident in the paleoecological record of the region. Long-term reconstructions of Holocene fire regimes, provided by the analysis of charcoal, pollen, and other fire proxies in a network of...
Author(s): Cathy L. Whitlock, Sarah L. Shafer, Jennifer R. Marlon
Year Published: 2003
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
This article examines how eight disturbances influence forest structure, composition, and function, and how climate change may influence the severity, frequency, and magnitude of disturbances to forests. We focus on examples from the United States, although these influences occur worldwide. We also consider options for coping with...
Author(s): Virginia H. Dale, Linda A. Joyce, Ronald P. Neilson, Steven G. McNulty, Matthew P. Ayres, Michael D. Flannigan, Paul J. Hanson, Lloyd C. Irland, Ariel L. Lugo, Chris J. Peterson, Daniel Simberloff, Frederick J. Swanson, Brian J. Stocks, B. Mike Wotton
Year Published: 2001
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).