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Project ID: 01-1-4-02

Year: 2002

Date Started: 05/30/2002

Date Completed: 08/07/2006

Title: Fuel Classification for the Southern Appalachian Mountains using Hyperspectral Image Analysis and Landscape Ecosystem Classification

Project Proposal Abstract: Excessive fuel loading and rapid urbanization are of concern throughout the southern Appalachian Mountains. Prescribed burning has been attempted only recently in these mountains and fbel models are not available. This project will use a two-phase approach to model fuel loading in the region. The first phase will be to develop a classification of fuels using ground measurements and an existing Landscape Ecosystem Classification system to define fuel categories. We expect fuel classes to be correlated with the same variables used to define landscape units (geography and topography). Once this classification is developed, the second phase of this project will be to determine if fuels in each class can be detected from aerial images using hyperspectral image analysis. Signatures of reflectance values will be developed for each fuel category with ground measurements. Analysis of hyperspectral images will identify areas on the ground containing each category of fuel loading. Ground crews will verify the accuracy of these signatures and improvements will be made as needed. Validation of the signatures will be done by image analysis and ground truthing for an area away from those used to develop the signatures. Resulting signatures will greatly reduce the cost of mapping fuels throughout the southern Appalachians because analysis of hyperspectral images will be less complex.

Principal Investigator: Thomas A. Waldrop

Agency/Organization: Forest Service

Branch or Dept: SRS-Department of Forest Resources


Other Project Collaborators

Type

Name

Agency/Organization

Branch or Dept

Co-Principal Investigator

Jeffrey S. Allen

Clemson University

Strom Thurmond Institute

Co-Principal Investigator

Sheng-Huei Chang

SpectroTech, Inc.

Strom Thurmond Institute

Co-Principal Investigator

Victor B. Shelburne

Clemson University

Department of Forestry & Natural Resources

Co-Principal Investigator

B. S. Terry

SpectroTech, Inc.

Strom Thurmond Institute

Co-Principal Investigator

Donald E. Van Baricom

Clemson University

Strom Thurmond Institute

Collaborator/Contributor

Erin Bronk

Forest Service

Nantahala NF-Nantahala Ranger District

Collaborator/Contributor

Michael Crane

Forest Service

Francis Marion & Sumter NFs-Tyger Office

Collaborator/Contributor

Robert Dellinger

NPS-National Park Service

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Collaborator/Contributor

David W. Jensen

Forest Service

Chattahoochee National Forest

Collaborator/Contributor

Leon Konz

NPS-National Park Service

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Federal Cooperator

Thomas A. Waldrop

Forest Service

SRS-Department of Forest Resources


Project Locations

Consortium

Appalachian

Oak Woodlands

South


There are no project locations identified for this project.

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
view or print   1598 Government Publication Preliminary Fuel Characterization of the Chauga Ridges Region of the Southern Appalachian Mountains
    2620 Journal Article Fuels on Disturbed and Undisturbed Sites in the Southern Appalachian Mountains
    218 MS Thesis Fuel Characterization of the Chuaga Ridges Region of the Southern Appalachian Mountains (A.D. Stottlemyer)
  go to website 557 Dataset (including spatial)  
  go to website 561 Dataset (including spatial)  
    2771 Invited Paper/Presentation Fuel Loads in the Southern Appalachian Mountains
    3484 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Fuels, Fuel Models, and Fire Behavior in Eastern Hardwood Forests
    3485 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Fuels, Fuel Models, and Fire Behavior in Eastern Hardwood Forests
    3486 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Fuel Characterization of the Chuaga Ridges Region of the Southern Appalachian Mountains
    3487 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Hyperspectral Imaging of Forest Fuels
    3489 Field Demonstration/Tour Fuel Loads in the Southern Appalachian Mountains
    3490 Field Demonstration/Tour Fuel Loads in the Southern Appalachian Mountains
    2706 Poster Fuel Characterization of the Chauga Ridges Region of the Southern Appalachian Mountains
    5645 Poster Classification and Accuracy Assessment of Understory Fuel Loading Species in the Southern Appalachians
    7170 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Classification and Accuracy Assessment of Understory Fuel Loading Species in the Southern Appalachians

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