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Project ID: 04-4-1-12

Year: 2004

Date Started: 07/23/2004

Date Completed: 09/04/2007

Title: Geo-Spatial Wildland Management Tool

Project Proposal Abstract: This proposal is in response to Task 1: Science Application Partnerships, as described in the Joint Fire Science Program Announcement for Proposals 2004-4. The current GeoWEPP spatial erosion modeling tool is showing great promise for applications to Burned Area Emergency Rehabilitation (BAER) erosion analysis, postfire salvage logging analysis, and cumulative watershed effects analysis of fuel management treatments, including thinning and prescribed fire. In BLM and Forest Service workshops in the past year, the current generic GeoWEPP tool has been presented, and users have enthusiastically encouraged us to further develop and refine this tool for fire and fuel management applications. GeoWEPP was used on at least one fire during this past fire season in spite of its generic nature, and we expect to see increasing demand for this new spatial analysis tool in the coming years as increased incidences of wildfires are coincident with increased fuel management activities. To make this promising tool more useful, we propose to customize GeoWEPP specifically for fire and fuel management. We propose to build custom databases, and prepare three custom interfaces in ArcGIS specifically for 1) BAER analysis, 2) salvage logging analysis, and 3) fuel management (mulching, thinning, and prescribed fire) analysis. We will also prepare analysis worksheets and prepare model documentation. All products will be available online from at least two public websites. During the short 18-mn duration of this proposal we will also present the model to potential users at a minimum of four workshops, targeting improvements on feedback received from every workshop. In the year following the completion of this project, we anticipate several peer-review papers on the development, application, and validation of the new tool. We expect that the outcome of this proposal will be improved watershed analysis to support wildfire rehabilitation and fuel management activities.

Principal Investigator: Chris S. Renschler

Agency/Organization: University of Buffalo

Branch or Dept: Department of Geography

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Federal Cooperator

William J. Elliot

Forest Service

RMRS-Forestry Sciences Lab-Moscow

Project Locations

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Project Deliverables

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("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   3156 Journal Article Transactions of the ASABE
view or print   3098 Journal Article Journal of Soil and Water Conservation
view or print   2598 Journal Article Erosion Risks in Selected Watersheds for the 2005 School Fire Located Near Pomeroy, Washington on Predominately Ash-Cap Soils
view or print   2724 Journal Article Transactions of the ASABE
view or print   2742 Journal Article Catena
view or print   2743 Journal Article Effects of DEM Resolution on the WEPP Runoff and Erosion Predictions: A Case Study of Forest Areas in Northern Idaho
view or print   3321 Journal Article A Coupled Upland-Erosion, Instream Hydrodynamic-Sediment Transport Model for Assessing Primary Impacts of Forest Management Practices on Sediment Yield and Delivery
view or print   188 MS Thesis Adapting WEPP (Water Erosion Prediction Project) for Forest Watershed Erosion Modeling (S.Dun)
view or print   196 MS Thesis Integrating GIScience and Environmental Models for a GISystem-Based Natural Resource Management Tool (M.W. Minkowski)
  go to website 1068 Computer Model/Software/Algorithm GeoWEPP for ArcView and an Enhanced Version for ArcGIS 9.x.
    1069 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Using GeoWEPP for Watershed Analysis for Golder Assoc, Redmond, WA
    1070 Conference/Symposia/Workshop GeoWEPP Workshop at FS Fundamentals of Physical Sciences Conference
    2837 Conference/Symposia/Workshop WEPP Workshop on FSWEPP, WEPP Windows, and GeoWEPP
    2838 Conference/Symposia/Workshop WEPP Interagency Workshop
    2839 Conference/Symposia/Workshop WEPP Workshop
    2840 Conference/Symposia/Workshop BLM Workshop, Phoenix, AZ
    2841 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Region 5 Workshop
    2842 Conference/Symposia/Workshop NRCS WEPP Workshop, Davis, CA
    2843 Conference/Symposia/Workshop BLM Workshop, Phoenix, AZ
    2844 Invited Paper/Presentation The Utilization of Remote Sensing, GIS, and Physical Models to Support Wild Fire Remediation
    2845 Invited Paper/Presentation GeoWEPP Workshop
    2846 Invited Paper/Presentation Assessing the Long-term Effectiveness of Multiple BMP Settings in Agricultural Watersheds using a GeoWEPP-SWAT Linkage
    2847 Invited Paper/Presentation Representative Hillslopes in Geospatial Modeling: Representing Environmental Properties and Processes at Various Scales
    3101 Invited Paper/Presentation Cumulative Effects/Integration into WEPP. How Activity Areas function within WEPP
    3102 Invited Paper/Presentation Use of a Common Wind/Water Model by the Forest Service
view or print   3103 Invited Paper/Presentation Integrated Research and Implementation in GIScience and Extreme Events: Developing Tools for Mitigation and Response
    3104 Invited Paper/Presentation Validation of Modeling Short- and Long-Term Soil Redistribution Pattern in Landscapes
    3105 Training Session Consultation About Applications of GeoWEPP to BAER Analysis
    3106 Training Session Carryout GeoWEPP Analysis for Erosion, Runoff, and Sediment Delivery
    3107 Training Session Assist CO State University Specialists in Developing an Iterative Methodology for Running GeoWEPP
    3108 Training Session Assist Specialists from Idaho Panhandle NF in Developing a Fuel Management Plan
    3109 Training Session Assist Graduate Student at CO State University Address Channel Concerns in Current GeoWEPP Model
    3110 Training Session Use GeoWEPP to Aid in Analyzing a Flood Flow from Watershed Burn by Andrews Fire, Reno, NV
    2848 Invited Paper/Presentation Predicting Soil Erosion Following Wildfire
    2849 Invited Paper/Presentation School Fire Erosion Potential Analysis
    2850 Invited Paper/Presentation Simulation and Validation of Short- and Long-term Soil Redistribution and Carbon Sequestration Pattern in Landscapes
    2851 Invited Paper/Presentation Status of WEPP Technologies
    6452 Invited Paper/Presentation Post-Wildfire Simulation of Hillslope Erosion and Small Watershed Processes
    6453 Invited Paper/Presentation Erosion Risks for Selected Watersheds at the 2005 School Fire Near Pomeroy Washington
    6866 Invited Paper/Presentation FSWEPP/WEPP/GeoWEPP Progress in Modeling
    6867 Poster Challenges in Developing the WEPP Cumulative Effects Model
view or print   6869 Invited Paper/Presentation Using WEPP Technology to Predict Erosion and Runoff Following Wildfire
    6054 Conference/Symposia/Workshop BLM Workshop, Phoenix, AZ
    5838 Invited Paper/Presentation Predicting Runoff and Erosion After Wildfire With WEPP Technology
    5441 Training Session Carry Out BAER Analysis for School Fire, Umatilla NF, WA
  go to website 7034 Dataset (including spatial) WEPP and GeoWEPP Applications

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