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Project ID: 09-1-07-4

Year: 2009

Date Started: 06/01/2009

Date Completed: 01/09/2013

Title: A Fire Severity Mapping System (FSMS) for Real-Time Fire Management Applications and Long-Term Planning

Project Proposal Abstract: Fire severity mapping technologies are critical tools for 1) identifying severely burned areas, 2) facilitating enlightened wildfire management, and 3) implementing costly rehabilitation and restoration efforts. We propose to create a Fire Severity Mapping System (FSMS) for the western United States that will deliver the most appropriate fire severity map product for the right fire management application in the right time frame. This FSMS will be composed of a suite of digital maps, simulation models, and analysis tools that are integrated into a comprehensive system for the creation of fire severity maps provided at several temporal scales of fire management application: 1) real-time forecasts and assessments in wildfire situations, 2) wildfire rehabilitation efforts, and 3) long-term planning. This fire severity system would NOT replace the suite of burn severity products currently used by fire management (e.g., BARC and BAER severity maps), but rather, FSMS would complement these products to provide a more comprehensive fire severity mapping product. Three products would result from this project: 1) a wall-to-wall, 30 m fire severity map created using empirical modeling, 2) a computer program that creates a fire severity map from LANDFIRE input data for real-time wildfire or wildland fire use applications, and 3) a comprehensive procedure for melding simulated fire severity predictions with satellite-derived burn severity for an accurate severity product 2-6 weeks after the fire.

Principal Investigator: Robert E. Keane

Agency/Organization: Forest Service

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


Other Project Collaborators

Type

Name

Agency/Organization

Branch or Dept

Co-Principal Investigator

Gregory K. Dillon

Forest Service

RMRS-Fire Sciences Lab-Missoula

Co-Principal Investigator

Eva C. Karau

Forest Service

RMRS-Fire Sciences Lab-Missoula

Co-Principal Investigator

Penny M. Morgan

University of Idaho

Department of Forest Resources

Co-Principal Investigator

Pamela G. Sikkink

Forest Service

RMRS-Forest and Woodlands Ecosystem Program

Collaborator/Contributor

Zack A. Holden

University of Idaho

Department of Forest Resources

Federal Cooperator

Wendel J. Hann

University of Idaho

Rangeland Ecology & Management

Federal Fiscal Representative

Susan T. Major

Forest Service

RMRS-Rocky Mountain Research Station


Project Locations

Consortium

Northern Rockies


Level

State

Agency

Unit

NATIONAL

FS


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 go to website 1721 Government Publication FIRESEV: A Fire Severity Mapping System for Real-Time Fire Management Applications and Long-Term Planning
view or print   3043 Journal Article Ecological Modelling
view or print go to website 6009 Photo A study area for one of the FIRESEV projects
view or print go to website 7071 Photo The Severe Fire Potential Map
view or print go to website 7072 Photo Maps of fire severity comparing simulation modeling with satellite imagery
view or print go to website 7073 Photo A fire severity classification

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