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Project ID: 01-1-7-03

Year: 2001

Date Started: 09/19/2001

Date Completed: 08/17/2006

Title: Using the NED Decision Support System to Improve Fuels Management Decision Processes

Project Proposal Abstract: The purpose of this study is to assist fire resource managers to characterize and reduce uncertainty, identify fire risk, and improve decision-making processes in the wildiand/urban interface as well as the broader forested wildiands. We propose expanding the existing NED decision support system so that it can be used by fire resource managers to assess and reduce the risk of fire hazard to human life; financial loss of property from a fire incident; and provide an evaluation of the impact of various fuels manipulation/reduction methods on future fire behavior and severity as well as ecosystem function, health, and productivity. This study is composed of 4 major tasks: (1) produce risk assessment guidelines for fuels management in wildland/urban interfaces;(2) provide guidelines for evaluating the impact of fuels management strategies on wildland ecosystems; (3) expand the NED DSS to incorporate new fire risk reduction and fuels management goals; and (4) test the new system using field-based case studies. This study addresses the JFSP RFP-2001-i task 7 (develop scientifically based support tools) and task 3 (determine cumulative effects of fuels manipulation/reduction).

Principal Investigator: H. Michael Rauscher

Agency/Organization: Forest Service

Branch or Dept: SRS-Bent Creek Experimental Forest

Other Project Collaborators




Branch or Dept

Co-Principal Investigator

David S. Buckley

University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Department of Forestry, Wildlife & Fisheries

Co-Principal Investigator

William G. Hubbard

University of Georgia

College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

Co-Principal Investigator

Alan J. Long

University of Florida

School of Forest Resources & Conservation

Co-Principal Investigator

Donald E. Nute

University of Georgia

Institute for Artificial Intelligence

Co-Principal Investigator

Kenneth W. Outcalt

Forest Service

SRS-Ctr for Forest Disturbance Science

Co-Principal Investigator

Thomas A. Waldrop

Forest Service

SRS-Department of Forest Resources


Larry Aikman



Ted Dailey


Division of Forestry-Knoxville


Will May

Alachua County Fire Rescue

Federal Cooperator

H. Michael Rauscher

Forest Service

SRS-Bent Creek Experimental Forest

Project Locations

Fire Science Exchange Network


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Project Deliverables

Final Report view or print

("Results presented in JFSP Final Reports may not have been peer-reviewed and should be interpreted as tentative until published in a peer-reviewed source.")

  ID Type Title
  go to website 937 Government Publication Wildfire Risk Assessment Guide for Homeowners in the Southern United States
    938 Government Publication Risk Assessment Procedures and Management Options for Landowners
    981 Government Publication Guidelines for Impact of Fuels Manipulation/ Reduction Methods
    982 Government Publication Guidelines for Impacts of Fuels Manipulation/Reduction Methods
    983 Government Publication Expansion to NED DSS Software
    984 Government Publication Expansion of NED DSS Software
    985 Government Publication Determination of Optimal Learning Mechanisms Survey
    986 Government Publication Documentation of case study to be published.
    169 MS Thesis Expansion of NED DSS Software
    342 Conference/Symposia/Workshop A Ranking of Plants by Their Flammability Characteristics
  go to website 630 Computer Model/Software/Algorithm Expansion of NED DSS Software to Include ARC VIEW Maps

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