NE - RWU 4104

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Smith, James E.; Woodbury, Peter B.; Heath, Linda S. 2004.

Forest carbon sequestration and products storage, and Appendix C-1.

In: U.S. Agriculture and Forestry Greenhouse Gas Inventory: 1990-2001. Tech. Bull. 197. Washington DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture: 80-93, C-1, References.


Land managers need tools to enable them to classify, estimate, and monitor fuel loading, and to predict wildfire risk and behavior based on inputs of fuel, weather, and topography for a specific location. Spatially and temporally explicit estimates of vegetation landcover, canopy density, tree height, and biomass need to be assessed to improve wildfire risk assessments. Forest fuel loading biomass estimates can be spatially displayed across the landscape of the eastern U.S. to identify areas of low to high wildfire risk. Additionally, forest productivity modeling provides projections of future forest biomass across the landscape that enables land managers to identify areas for fuel reductions. Live and coarse woody debris was estimated using the forest productivity model PnET-II, FIA data, species- specific forest allometric biomass equations, and remotely sensed land cover. Live tree biomass was augmented with estimates of coarse woody debris modeled from available FIA variables and diameterbased forest biomass equations.

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