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15-1-01 Fuels mapping for emissions inventories More Information Actions
The objective of this task is to determine the most effective combination of fuel mapping and emissions calculation tools for the purpose of developing national or regional wildland fire emissions inventories for both wild and prescribed fires.

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15-1-02 Smoke hazard warning system More Information Actions
The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) is soliciting proposals to develop and demonstrate a prototype smoke hazard warning system that works in conjunction with information provided by existing and planned operational air pollution forecasting systems in the United States. The new smoke hazard warning system will reduce risk to the public from smoke by incorporating the most recent health-effects data and facilitating the incorporation of emerging results as they become available.

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15-1-03 Implications of changing fuels and fire regimes - selected regions More Information Actions
The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) Governing Board believes that existing and developing science is sufficient to broadly describe potential future ecosystems and their implications for fire and resource management. The Board invites interdisciplinary proposals that evaluate alternative future scenarios of ecosystem change to estimate indicators of changes in fuels and fire regimes in landscapes within and across selected regions (see below). Proposals must contain an assessment of the implications of changing fuels and fire regimes on managers ability to meet land and resource management objectives, e.g., identification of potential tipping points beyond which attainment of certain management objectives is unlikely. Successful proposals will include a scientific assessment of changing fuels and fire regimes, and an assessment of likely management implications. Proposals must involve fire, fuels or resource managers in some manner.

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15-1-04 Fire ember production More Information Actions
The JFSP seeks research that improves understanding of ember production from burning wildland and structural fuels in the WUI and the susceptibility of structures to burning embers. Through collection of fire ember data from laboratory, prescribed, and wildland fires, the JFSP is seeking proposals that address the following questions: * What is the rate of ember production from burning wildland and structural fuels in the WUI under a range of environmental conditions? Are ember production rates related to commonly used environmental indices, e.g., Keetch Byram Drought Index, Haines Index, or the Energy Release Component. * What is the characteristic size and shape of embers produced from burning wildland and structural fuels in the WUI under a range of environmental conditions? * How far can embers of characteristic size and shape travel under a range of wind speeds? * How long can embers of characteristic size and shape burn and at what intensities? * What is the role of ember production from wildland and structural fuels in fire spread in the WUI? The JFSP is particularly interested in data that is used to validate existing ember production and dispersal functions within fire behavior models, and projects that examine fires exhibiting high intensity or extreme behavior.

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15-1-05 Fire effects on soil heating More Information Actions
The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) seeks basic research on soil heating and second-order fire effects that result from elevated soil temperatures. Specifically, JFSP seeks proposals that: * Uses existing or newly developed datasets from laboratory fires, prescribed fires or wildfires to evaluate existing soil heating models, or develop new models, under a variety of soil, fuel, and burning conditions, and *Examines the effects of soil heating on second-order fire effects (e.g. hydrophobic soils, mortality of buried seeds, soil biota) JFSP is particularly interested in studies that link output from fire behavior or fuel consumption models to soil heating. JFSP is also interested in studies that focus particularly on higher intensity fires that result in significant heat transfer to soils. Any new computational models or improvements to existing computational models must be evaluated against independent datasets. New computational models, or improvements to existing models, should be delivered as well-documented modules for potential use in existing software integration frameworks (e.g., WFDSS, IFTDSS). Funding will not be provided for development of software applications.

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15-1-06 Fire weather and decision making: a social and modelling analysis More Information Actions
This task focuses on fire-related decision making and the use and importance of fire weather data. The JFSP Governing Board is specifically interested in resource allocation decisions based, in part, on fire danger forecasts; fuels and wildfire decisions based, in part, on fire behavior predictions; and, decisions related to smoke dispersion predictions. Sensitivity analyses of fire behavior, fire danger, or smoke dispersion models are appropriate to this task, but should be framed within the context of specific decision-making environments. Investigators should connect model sensitivity analyses with sensitivity analyses of managers decisions, including use of social science to assess what fire weather information is needed and used by decision makers. Proposals must address questions from both groups below: * Decision-making - What weather information is used directly or indirectly in fire and fuels management decisions? What is the relative importance of weather information to decision-making? Are there weather information thresholds or tipping points that strongly influence fire and fuels management decisions? * Sensitivity analysis  How important or sensitive are the outputs from fire danger, fire behavior and smoke dispersion models to input weather data resolution? What changes in weather values result in the greatest impact to fire danger and fire behavior outputs? Proposals that link results from the sensitivity analysis to specific fire and fuels management decisions are requested. Recommendations regarding future weather data resolution are desired.

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15-1-07 Re-measurement - long-term fire effects on vegetation and fuels More Information Actions
The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) is seeking proposals to re-measure existing long-term (15 or more years post-fire) field studies of wildfire or prescribed fire effects on vegetation and fuels. A better understanding of long-term vegetation and fuels succession is needed to integrate management objectives for fire into ecosystem restoration and hazardous fuels projects, evaluate changes to ecosystem services, and to assess possible impacts related to climate change. Responsive proposals should identify the management relevance of newly collected data. JFSP is particularly interested in new data that have applications in landscape or land management planning. For example, proposals could demonstrate the importance of new information used for successional modeling of vegetation or fuels; assess changes to ecological responses in areas of varying burn severity; or evaluate ecosystem changes related to drought. JFSP is interested in proposals over a range of ecosystems, fire regimes, and geographic areas. Proposals must directly assess the successional patterns of vegetation and fuels following fire, and address at least one of the following questions: * How do successional patterns vary temporally and spatially? * How has climate change affected successional patterns? * How have fires affected achievement of ecosystem restoration objectives? Proposed work that does not address these questions will be considered outside the scope of requested work. Proposals must be for re-measurements that are 15 or more years post fire. Proposals requesting funds to re-measure variables other than vegetation and fuels will not be considered. Proposals requesting funds to re-measure variables not previously measured will not be considered.

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15-2-01 Graduate Research Innovation (GRIN) Award More Information Actions
In partnership with the Association for Fire Ecology, the Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) invites current MS and PhD graduate students enrolled in US colleges or universities in the fields of wildland fire and related human dimensions and ecological sciences to apply for a Graduate Research Innovation (GRIN) award. The purpose of these awards is to enhance graduate students exposure to and interaction with fire and fuels managers, to develop appreciation and understanding of fire and fuels managers information and research needs, and to augment already planned research to develop information and/or products useful to managers. JFSP recognizes that graduate students of today are the managers, scientists, and leaders of tomorrow. These awards allow graduate students to conduct research that will supplement and enhance the quality, scope, or applicability of their thesis or dissertation, and to build skills needed for independent inquiry. Proposals must demonstrate relevance to fire, fuels or resource managers and include means to directly communicate with managers regarding project outcomes. Proposals must be directly related to the mission and goals of JFSP to be considered. Applicants are encouraged to search the JFSP website (www.firescience.gov) to learn more about the scope of JFSP activities. In addition, proposals must directly address one of the following topics: " Climate change and fire (e.g., fire behavior, fire effects, fire regime) " Post-fire recovery (e.g., effects of burn severity, treatment effectiveness) " Smoke or emissions assessments " Fire weather " Social issues and fire (e.g., community preparation, transfer and use of science, public perceptions, fire-adapted communities) Proposals on other topics will not be reviewed. Proposals must describe new, unfunded work that extends ongoing or planned research that is the subject of a thesis or dissertation that has been approved by the graduate students advisory committee.

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03-1-1 More Information Actions
Proposals are sought that develop methods, models, or experimental/empirical approaches to characterize past, present and future fuel and fire regimes, fire hazard potential, and vegetation conditions related to fire under changing climate and altered climate variability. Of interest are observations and models that relate changes in fire severity or intensity, burned area(s), or vegetation complexes affected. This includes a better understanding and interpretation of the role fire plays in carbon storage and release from landscape to continental scales. Also of interest is the characterization of current and future contribution to aerosol formation and the influence on regional climatology. Lastly, investigators may address applications for tactical and strategic fire preparedness, seasonal to long-range fire management planning, or development of guidelines for post-fire rehabilitation and restoration. Closed on Jan 06, 2003

03-1-2 More Information Actions
Proposals are sought that characterize and compare different collaborative planning efforts for community protection and ecosystem restoration, and determine key elements of success. Results should be presented so that managers can readily use the information to design future or adjust in-progress collaborative planning efforts. Closed on Jan 06, 2003

03-1-3 More Information Actions
Proposals are sought that: Address methods and technologies for low cost, near real-time monitoring to determine the duration and intensity (concentration) of wildand fire emissions and public exposure during smoke episodes within communities, in the wildland-urban interface, and in other smoke sensitive areas. Comparability with federal reference methods should be addressed. Evaluate the interactions between fire behavior, fire weather and fuel loading and distribution, and resultant fire emissions, including potential hazardous air pollutants, and the factors controlling their injection atmosphere (plume rise). Results should be linked to fuel consumption, fire duration, or other fire variables. Explore the use of existing monitoring networks such as the National Atmospheric Deposition Network (NADP), Mercury Dry Deposition Network, (MDDN), CASTNet (EPA), AeroNet (NOAA), USDA UV-B program and others, to determine how fire emissions influence the chemistry of the atmosphere, and regional and national air quality. Closed on Jan 06, 2003

03-1-4 More Information Actions
Proposals are sought that: Evaluate post-fire stabilization and rehabilitation treatments. Proposals must describe how the proposed work will complement or add essential information to existing information or projects. Evaluate alternative treatments for restoring ecosystems altered by changing fire regimes, or where alterations have affected fire regimes. Evaluate the impacts of changing fire suppression and fire use policies, and the interaction of fire and other factors (such as grazing, invasive species, etc.) on ecosystem structure and health. Closed on Jan 06, 2003

03-2-1 More Information Actions
Proposals are sought to obtain, document, and evaluate critical, time-sensitive information or data during or following wildland fire incidents or post-fire land treatments. Proposals should focus on fire behavior, immediate post-fire effects including fuels reduction, post-fire stabilization or rehabilitation, the effects of previous land management activities on fire behavior and severity, and similar issues. Proposals should also address wildland/urban interface areas and issues as appropriate. Organized response teams are required. Closed on Jan 06, 2003

03-2-2 More Information Actions
Proposals are sought to obtain, document, and evaluate critical, time-sensitive social information or data during or immediately following wildland fire incidents or post-fire land treatments. Proposals should focus on reactions or attitudes of people to fire behavior, immediate post-fire effects including fuels reduction, post-fire stabilization or rehabilitation, the effects of previous land management activities on fire behavior and severity, and similar issues. Proposals should address wildland/urban interface areas and issues as appropriate. In general, proposals should not develop new techniques but should focus on previously developed measurement tools to collect information on social issues related to this topic. Closed on Jan 06, 2003

03-2-3 More Information Actions
Proposals are sought to collect post-fire data and analyze and describe relationships between pre-fire condition and fire behavior or fire effects on sites burned in the 2002 wildfires. Proposals should take advantage of sites where pre-fire data are available on fuel treatments, fuel characteristics, or stand structure. Closed on Jan 06, 2003

03-3-1 More Information Actions
Proposals are sought to develop one or several sites that will demonstrate proven techniques of fuel management, post-fire rehabilitation, or restoration treatments of fire-adapted ecosystems. These demonstration sites can occur within one or more fuel types and within a specific geographic area (state or biogeographical region). Proposals should incorporate a program to educate and inform land managers, resource professionals, elected officials, the general public and the media about how to perform effective treatments, the benefits of doing so, and the consequences of not taking any action. Closed on Jan 06, 2003

03-3-2 More Information Actions
Proposals are sought to develop and implement administrative studies to meet specific local land management needs. These site-specific needs may include biological, social, physical, or other effects of wildland fire, fuel treatments, or post-fire stabilization/rehabilitation actions. Administrative studies (sometimes called management studies) are typically limited in terms of the number and complexity of measurement variables and the focus is usually on response rather than process. However, proposed work must be of high quality, defendable, replicated, and subject to peer review. Closed on Jan 06, 2003

03-3-3 More Information Actions
Address local scientific knowledge gaps that are significant to fire management program implementation. Closed on Jan 06, 2003

03-4-1 More Information Actions
Develop information structures, tools, or decision support systems for accessing, disseminating, and applying wildland fire and fuels research results from Joint Fire Science Program funded investigations and other relevant sources. The information should be presented in a regional, national, or thematic context appropriate to and readily accessible by the target audience and clearly describe when, where, and at what scale the information is and is not applicable. Proposals shall support the needs of fire and fuel managers and other users for addressing wildland fire management planning and implementation activities. Proposals should contain a concise review of similar tools already available. Benefits of the project to the user community must be clearly identified. Closed on Jan 06, 2003

03-4-2 More Information Actions
Produce readily understandable and useable information synthesis or transfer products on key topics of critical interest to the fire and fuels management community. Proposals should clearly identify specific products that will support needs of fire and fuel managers and other users for addressing wildland fire management planning and implementation activities. The Governing Board envisions products that can be developed within short time periods and address immediate needs. Closed on Jan 06, 2003

03-S More Information Actions
Special Projects for 2003 Closed on Jan 06, 2003

03-U More Information Actions
Unsolicited proposal, 2003 Closed on Jan 06, 2003