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Project ID: 16-2-01-9

Year: 2016

Date Started: 08/29/2016

Ending Date:  05/18/2018

Title: Towards improved quantification and prediction of post-fire recovery in conifers

Project Proposal Abstract: Current assessments of the ecological impacts of fires, often termed burn severity, investigate the degree to which an ecosystem has changed due to a fire and typically encompass both vegetation and soil effects. Burn severity assessments at local to regional scales are typically achieved using spectral indices (such as the differenced normalized burn ratio (dNBR) and the Relativized differenced Normalized Burn Ratio (RdNBR) derived from satellite remote sensing data before and following fire. Although considerable efforts have been made to quantify post-fire burn severity across large spatial extents through spectral data, the explicit physiological link between fire behavior, tree mortality, and spectral reflectance is lacking, and inhibits prediction and quantification of tree mortality and recovery post-fire. As my dissertation research thus far has established this link in the laboratory with tree seedlings, the primary objective of the proposed research is to determine whether these relationships scale up to management levels by extending this research to mature trees in the field.

Principal Investigator: Crystal A. Kolden

Agency/Organization: University of Idaho

Branch or Dept: Department of Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciences

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Branch or Dept

Agreements Contact

Deborah N. Shaver

University of Idaho

Office of Sponsored Programs

Budget Contact

Steven A. Kirkham

University of Idaho

Office of Sponsored Programs

Student Investigator

Aaron M. Sparks

University of Idaho

Department of Geography

Project Locations

Fire Science Exchange Network

Northern Rockies








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