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Project ID: 03-1-3-06

Year: 2003

Date Started: 07/31/2003

Date Completed: 09/19/2007

Title: Fuel Consumption and Flammability Thresholds in Shrub-Dominated Ecosystems

Project Proposal Abstract: Research to quantify fuel consumption and flammability in shrub-dominated ecosystems has received little attention despite the widespread occurrence of fire-influenced, shrub-dominated landscapes across the arid lands of the western United States. While some research has addressed issues relating to fire behavior in some shrub-dominated ecosystems, quantification of fuel consumption is critical for effective modeling of fire effects (e.g., smoke emissions, regional haze, erosion, plant succession, etc.) and landscape management. Preliminary research in this arena has generated hypotheses as to the controlling mechanisms for fuel consumption in shrub fuel types that require testing through field-based experimentation. The primary objective of this proposed research is to improve existing fuel consumption models for sagebrush fuel types and to develop new models for additional shrub-dominated fuel types for incorporation into a module for, or a new version of the software package CONSUME. This research will also address issues related to seasonal live fuel moisture and weather patterns and their relations to flammability in shrub-dominated fuel types. Making fuel and fire management decision support tools, such as CONSUME, more robust will aid managers, planners and researchers in developing environmentally, socially and legally responsible land management plans. This research will allow for more effective and informed use of fire behavior, fire effects, emission production and wildfire/prescribed fire trade-off models providing for better wildland fire emissions and fire effects accounting and planning at local, regional, national and global scales.

Principal Investigator: Clinton S. Wright

Agency/Organization: Forest Service

Branch or Dept: PNW-Seattle-Managing Natural Disturbances


Other Project Collaborators

Type

Name

Agency/Organization

Branch or Dept

Co-Principal Investigator

Sue A. Ferguson

Forest Service

PNW-Seattle-Managing Natural Disturbances

Co-Principal Investigator

Roger D. Ottmar

Forest Service

PNW-Seattle-Managing Natural Disturbances

Co-Principal Investigator

Robert E. Vihnanek

Forest Service

PNW-Seattle-Managing Natural Disturbances

Federal Cooperator

Clinton S. Wright

Forest Service

PNW-Seattle-Managing Natural Disturbances


Project Locations

Consortium

Northern Rockies

Northwest


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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
view or print   1182 Government Publication Biomass Consumption During Prescribed Fires in Big Sagebrush Ecosystems
  go to website 3466 Computer Model/Software/Algorithm  
view or print   3467 Poster Biomass Consumption in Big Sagebrush Ecosystems
view or print   3513 Invited Paper/Presentation Fuel Consumption and Flammability Thresholds in Shrub-Dominated Ecosystems
    3548 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Suite of Fuel Management Tools Workshop
    3549 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Suite of Fuel Management Tools Workshop

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