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Project ID: 05-1-1-12

Year: 2005

Date Started: 05/13/2005

Date Completed: 05/16/2008

Title: Burn Severity Mapping Using Simulation Modeling and Satellite Imagery

Project Proposal Abstract: As wildland fire becomes an increasingly important issue affecting our nation's landscapes, land managers must be able to quickly assess fire effects to efficiently allocate rehabilitation resources to areas under their custody. Satellite image-based burn maps can be quickly generated to provide a landscape view of relative fire severity, while fire effects simulation models provide biotic context to the effects of the burn. These techniques could be used synergistically to improve burn severity mapping capabilities of land managers, enabling them to quickly and effectively meet rehabilitation objectives. This proposal addresses AFP 2005-1 Task 1 in two ways: 1. We seek to evaluate two tools that managers can use to assess burn severity immediately post-fire, and 2. We seek to demonstrate the predictive utility of a landscape scale fire effects model in prioritization of fuels reduction treatments. Considering results from a previous investigation, we propose to expand our exploration and demonstration of these tools through testing and evaluation of the FIREHARM fire effects model, and comparison of satellite burn severity images to field and modeled data. We will develop a set of tools and procedures for running the model and generating burn severity images. Additionally, we will hold an informational workshop that will teach managers how to use these tools.

Principal Investigator: Robert E. Keane

Agency/Organization: Forest Service

Branch or Dept: RMRS-Fire, Fuel & Smoke Science Program

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Branch or Dept

Co-Principal Investigator

Eva C. Karau

Forest Service

RMRS-Fire Sciences Lab-Missoula

Co-Principal Investigator

James Saveland

Forest Service

RMRS-Natural Resources Research Center

Federal Cooperator

Elizabeth D. Reinhardt

Forest Service

RMRS-Fire Sciences Lab-Missoula

Project Locations

Fire Science Exchange Network

Northern Rockies


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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   1424 Government Publication A Method for Mapping Fire Hazard and Risk Across Multiple Scales and its Application in Fire Management
    2854 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Burn Severity Mapping: Research and Applications
view or print   2855 Poster Burn Severity Mapping Using Simulation Modeling and Satellite Imagery
  go to website 6840 Website Project Website
    6841 Poster FIREHARM: A Spatially Explicit Fire Hazard Model Used to Map Fire Severity

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