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Project ID: 00-1-3-19

Year: 2001

Date Started: 01/05/2001

Date Completed: 04/09/2004

Title: Monitoring Fire Effects at Multiple Scales: Integrating Standardized Field Data Collection with Remote Sensing to Assess Fire Effects

Project Proposal Abstract: Monitoring the effects of wildland fire is critical for (1) documenting fire effects, (2) assessing ecosystem damage and benefit, (3) evaluating the success or failure of a burn, and (4) appraising the potential for future treatments. Many fire managers do not collect monitoring data because of lack of funds, resources, and sampling experience. But perhaps the main reason most fire monitoring projects are never implemented is because most fire management agencies do not have scientifically based standardized protocols for inventorying pre- and post-fire conditions that satisfy their monitoring objectives. We propose to develop a comprehensive monitoring system called the Fire Effects Monitoring System (FIREMON), designed so that it satisfies all monitoring requirements of any fire management agency for any ecosystem, fuel type, or geographic area in the United States. FIREMON will consist of a standardized set of sampling manuals, databases, field forms, analysis progtams, and image analysis tools that will allow the manager to design a fire effects monitoring project, collect and store the sampled data, statistically analyze and summarize the data, link the data with satellite imagery, and map the sampled data across the landscape using image processing. FIREMON will allow the consistent and comprehensive sampling of fire effects across all f.ire management agencies so data can be shared and used to update and refine fire management plans and prescriptions. This proposal directly addresses objectives of Task 3 of the Joint Fire Sciences Request for Proposals 2000-1.

Principal Investigator: Robert E. Keane

Agency/Organization: Forest Service

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

Other Project Collaborators




Branch or Dept

Co-Principal Investigator

John F. Caratti

Systems for Environmental Management

Co-Principal Investigator

Larry J. Gangi

Systems for Environmental Management

Co-Principal Investigator

Wendel J. Hann

University of Idaho

Rangeland Ecology & Management

Co-Principal Investigator

Carl H. Key

USGS-Geological Survey

CCME-Climate Change in Mountain Ecosystems

Federal Cooperator

Robert E. Keane

Forest Service

RMRS-Fire, Fuel & Smoke Science Program


Duncan C. Lutes

Forest Service

RMRS-Systems of Environmental Management

Project Locations

Fire Science Exchange Network




Great Basin

Great Plains

Lake States

Oak Woodlands

Northern Rockies




Southern 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   915 Government Publication National Forest Improves Project-Level Monitoring with FIREMON
    248 Computer Model/Software/Algorithm GIS queries for summarizing and reporting fire effects across a landscape.
    249 Conference/Symposia/Workshop One-week training course to teach methods to managers.
  go to website 5013 Website  
    5563 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Video for training fire managers how to sample fire effects using FIREMON.

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