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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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07-1-1 More Information Actions
Proposals are sought to obtain, document, and evaluate critical, time-sensitive information or data during or immediately following future wildland fire incidents (wildfires and wildland fire use fires). Proposals should respond to one or more of the following needs: - Validate or extend the capabilities of wildland fire and fuels models. - Validate smoke production and transport models and/or predict the impacts of wildland fire-generated smoke. - Evaluate the effects, effectiveness, and costs of post-fire restoration and/or rehabilitation methods, processes and tools. - Address wildland urban interface issues. - Evaluate the effects of previous land management activities or natural disturbances (such as post-fire logging, other mechanical treatments and/or prescribed burning that removed biomass, wildfire, insect or disease infestations, ice damage, and blow-down) on fire behavior, fire severity, and/or fire effects. Closed on Dec 13, 2006

07-1-2 More Information Actions
Proposals are sought for fires that occurred during the 2006 fire season that: - Validate or extend the capabilities of wildland fire and fuels models through retrospective investigations. - Evaluate the effects, effectiveness, and costs of post-fire restoration and/or rehabilitation methods, processes and tools. - Evaluate the effects of previous land management activities or natural disturbances (such as post-fire logging, other mechanical treatments and/or prescribed burning that removed biomass, wildfire, insect or disease infestations, ice damage, and wind damage) on fire behavior, fire severity, and/or fire effects. - Evaluate the physical, biological, social, cultural, or economic effects of wildland fires (wildfires and wildland fire use fires). - Address wildland urban interface issues. Closed on Dec 13, 2006

07-1-3 More Information Actions
Proposals are sought for projects to investigate survival and establishment rates plus methodology and techniques to reestablish sagebrush, bunch grasses, and other native vegetation in arid lands in the interior western United States such as the Great Basin, Mojave and Sonoran Deserts. Proposals are sought for projects to develop, test, validate, and demonstrate cost effective methods to reestablish native vegetation in these arid lands. Closed on Dec 13, 2006

07-1-4 More Information Actions
Proposals are sought to examine fire behavior and effects in deep organic soils. They should address questions such as: - What fuel and climatic conditions are associated with transitions among varied combustion stages, i.e. from ignition, smoldering, flaming, back to smoldering and finally to extinction? What are practical means that managers can use to monitor and predict when these transitions will take place? - How are key fire characteristics, such as burn duration, depth of burn, fuel consumption, and smoke composition (chemical and physical properties) associated with varied combustion stages? - What are the ecological effects (such as plant and animal responses and carbon cycling) of fire in deep organic soils? Closed on Dec 13, 2006

07-1-5 More Information Actions
Proposals are sought to develop or adapt fire behavior models that predict fire behavior in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI). Specifically, the Governing Board seeks proposals that model fire behavior where wildland fuels merge with human-made structures, such as residential developments surrounded by or adjacent to forests or rangelands. Closed on Dec 13, 2006

07-1-6 More Information Actions
Proposals are sought to examine and evaluate the social, cultural, economic, and aesthetic issues and tradeoffs of wildland urban interface fuels treatments or other fire hazard reduction or prevention options. Proposals may examine questions such as: - Can we create and demonstrate model landscaping around houses and communities that are not merely fire safe, but esthetically pleasing and compatible with community environmental standards? - Can we design practical planning ordinances, codes or decision support tools that could be used by communities to plan for and develop a range of options for fire protection? - What is effective defensible space for various fire regimes? - What are the options and tradeoffs of defending in-place versus evacuation? Closed on Dec 13, 2006

07-2-1 More Information Actions
The Joint Fire Science Program requests pre-proposals for studies that will build on or extend results of completed JFSP research. Closed on Nov 20, 2006

07-2-2 More Information Actions
The Joint Fire Science Program requests pre-proposals for re-measurement of past JFSP- funded study sites or experimental plots. Closed on Nov 20, 2006

07-2-3 More Information Actions
The Joint Fire Science Program requests pre-proposals for evaluation and testing of models or modeling systems. Closed on Nov 20, 2006

07-3-1 More Information Actions
Biomass Estimators - These proposals will deliver a set of methods, procedures, protocols, or existing tools that will allow agency personnel to estimate the amount of plant materials they proposse to remove during fire hazard reduction treatments. Closed on Jul 25, 2007

07-3-2 More Information Actions
Biomass Removal Case Studies - The JFSP seeks proposals that will inventory and evaluate existing and ongoing biomass removal case studies. The purpose of this review is to provide land managers information about the range of approaches used to implement biomass removal treatments and the likely effectiveness of these treatments Closed on Jul 25, 2007

07-3-3 More Information Actions
Economic and financial effects of biomas removal as a fire hazard treatment - This task includes two stages 1) work with managers to define their needs and 2) find and summarize the existing information in ways that address the needs of the management group Closed on Jul 25, 2007

07-S More Information Actions
Special Projects for 2007 Closed on Nov 16, 2006