Skip to page content
USDA Forest Service
  
Treesearch

Research & Development Treesearch

 
Treesearch Home
About Treesearch
Contact Us
Research & Development
Forest Products Lab
International Institute of Tropical Forestry
Northern
Pacific Northwest
Pacific Southwest
Rocky Mountain
Southern
Help
 

GeoTreesearch


Science.gov - We Participate


USA.gov  Government Made Easy


Global Forest Information Service

US Forest Service
P.O. Box 96090
Washington, D.C.
20090-6090

(202) 205-8333

You are here: Home / Search / Publication Information
Bookmark and Share

Publication Information

(594 KB)

Title: Linking Fuel Inventories With Atmospheric Data for Assessment of Fire Danger

Author: Woodall, Christopher W.; Charney, Joseph; Liknes, Greg; Potter, Brian

Date: 2006

Source: In: Proceedings of the sixth annual forest inventory and analysis symposium; 2004 September 21-24; Denver, CO. Gen. Tech. Rep. WO-70. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service. 126p.

Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)

   Note: This article is part of a larger document. View the larger document

Description: Combining forest fuel maps and real-time atmospheric data may enable creation of more dynamic and comprehensive fire danger assessments. The goal of this study was to combine fuel maps, based on data from the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, with real-time atmospheric data to create a more dynamic index of fire danger. Fuel loadings were estimated for points on a meteorological modeling grid network (4 x 4 km) based on FIA?s strategic-scale fuel inventory. In addition, fuel moisture at each grid point was predicted based on atmospheric observations over an 11-day period. A Burnable Fuels Index (BFI), combining both fuel loadings and moisture predictions, was investigated for changes in fire danger over the modeled period of time. The BFI was temporally and spatially variable due to heterogeneous forest fuel conditions and dynamic weather events. Overall, combining fuel-loading estimates with atmospheric data enables the current assessment and 1 to 2-day prediction of fire danger and greater understanding of fire danger across forest ecosystems with varying fuel loadings and weather conditions.

Publication Notes:

  • We recommend that you also print this page and attach it to the printout of the article, to retain the full citation information.
  • This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.
  • This publication may be available in hard copy. Check the Northern Research Station web site to request a printed copy of this publication.
  • Our on-line publications are scanned and captured using Adobe Acrobat. During the capture process some typographical errors may occur. Please contact Sharon Hobrla, shobrla@fs.fed.us if you notice any errors which make this publication unusable.

XML: View XML

Citation:


Woodall, Christopher W.; Charney, Joseph; Liknes, Greg; Potter, Brian 2006. Linking Fuel Inventories With Atmospheric Data for Assessment of Fire Danger. In: Proceedings of the sixth annual forest inventory and analysis symposium; 2004 September 21-24; Denver, CO. Gen. Tech. Rep. WO-70. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service. 126p.

 


 [ Get Acrobat ]  Get the latest version of the Adobe Acrobat reader or Acrobat Reader for Windows with Search and Accessibility

USDA logo which links to the department's national site. Forest Service logo which links to the agency's national site.