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Threat Characterization and Management Program
Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory
400 N. 34th Street, Suite 201
Seattle, WA 98103
The Threat Characterization and Management Program generates knowledge
about the nature, causes, and consequences of large, rapid, or
significant changes to ecosystems that potentially threaten societal
values. We use our knowledge to develop and deliver innovative
and effective strategies, methods, and tools so that people can
plan, manage, or mitigate changes and their causes and consequences.
are based in Alaska, Washington, and Oregon and work to understand
how disturbance processes are initiated and progress, what thresholds
are associated with ecological consequences, and how human perception
of disturbance and ecological consequences affects acceptability.
The program’s research is focused on five questions that
build on fundamental knowledge of ecology and social science:
do we characterize and measure the cause, occurrence, extent,
and consequences of threatening conditions and people’s
perceptions of them?
- How do ecological or social processes interact
across multiple temporal and spatial scales to create potential
- What thresholds exist in ecosystem dynamics; what are
the biological, physical, and social consequences of crossing
and how do people perceive and respond to disturbances that
are approaching or have crossed their biological or physical
- How are ecological patterns and processes managed
to reduce the probability, magnitude, and consequences of a
- What is the range of possible future conditions, and what
are the uncertainties and tradeoffs associated with them?
Highlights of our recent research:
|A landscape in the interior Pacific Northwest.
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