Joint Fire Science / NASA Project
Validation of Crown Fuel Amount and Configuration Measured by
Multispectral Fusion of Remote Sensors
This project investigates the ability of multiple remote sensors
in direct and indirect measurement of crown fuels across landscape
and bioregion scales. The project will focus on three landscapes
in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the more fire susceptible ecosystems,
mixed conifer and ponderosa pine.
Current efforts to create consistent
fuel and predicted fire behavior layers for the Sierra Nevada
bioregion have created a need for consistent bioregional modeling
and improved modeling of surface fuels. At the present time,
the different subregions of the Sierra Nevada are mapped during
different years and with different methodologies, contributing
to inconsistent fuel mapping and fire behavior analysis. Further,
there is uncertainty about the accuracy of predictions of crown
fuels, namely crown bulk density and height to crown base based
on indirect predictions.
The objective of this project is to
develop a reliable, cost-effective process to evaluate and
monitor fuels and potential fire behavior.
This project is funded
by NASA (Forest Structure from Multispectral Fusion) and the
Joint Fire Science Program.