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Fire and Environmental Research Applications Team
Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory

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Seattle, WA 98103

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FERA Research Update July 2008

This FERA Research Update is intended to provide the fire management and fire science communities with information about current research conducted by the Fire and Environmental Research Applications Team (FERA).

To subscribe, visit http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/fera/news/subscribe.shtml or contact Ellen Eberhardt at (541)750-7481, eeberhardt@fs.fed.us

FIRE SEVERITY IN REGENERATING STANDS FOCUS OF NEW STUDY

Christina Lyons-Tinsley, a graduate student at the University of Washington, has teamed up with FERA to analyze fire severity in regenerating stands burned by the Tripod Complex fire. She intends to determine how fuels and other factors contributed to surface fire intensity and spread. Specifically, the project will compare fire severity between regeneration cuts, the surrounding matrix, and thinned units; and analyze fire severity among regeneration units including the relationship between fire effects and stand structure.

NASA INTERNS STUDY TRIPOD COMPLEX FIRE SEVERITY ALONGSIDE FERA

Students from the NASA DEVELOP internship program have been working this summer with FERA’s Dr. Susan Prichard on a project using satellite imagery to assess burn severity at the 2006 Tripod Complex fire in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. The students spent one week in July 2008 working with FERA crew members collecting field data within the Tripod Fire perimeter. Satellite data are being used to create classified burn severity maps of the Tripod Complex Fire in the Okanogan National Forest. These maps will be used to perform an analysis of the relationship between burn severity and variables such as landform and vegetation types.

 

 

 

 

CLIMATE CHANGE WORKSHOP CONVENED TO DEVELOP EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS

A 2 ½-day workshop in late July has been organized to develop a set of climate-related lectures to be recorded for the Climate Change Resource Center. Held at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest near Eugene, Oregon, the workshop brings together speakers from the climate science community with managers from national forests in the West. Videos of presentation and question-and-answer sessions will be made available on the website of the resource center. FERA will be represented by Dave Peterson, Jessica Halofsky, and Ellen Eberhardt.

STUDY ON CONDITIONS WHERE WATER LIMTS GROWTH OF DOUGLAS-FIR IN MOUNTAIN ECOSYSTEMS

David L. Peterson was one of three authors on the paper “Douglas-Fir Growth in Mountain Ecosystems: Water Limits Tree Growth from Stand to Region” that considers the nature of growth-climate relationships for Douglas-fir across the climatic dimensions of its niche. It was published in the journal Ecological Monographs.

BOREAL FIRE HISTORY PROJECT PROGRESSES

Nearly 4000 tree-ring samples have been acquired and processed in a Joint Fire Science Program project, “Compiling, Synthesizing and Analyzing Existing Boreal Forest Fire History Data in Alaska,” which brings together information on the history of boreal forest fire in Alaska. Digital data for other tree-ring datasets, representing approximately 9000 samples, has also been acquired. This data is being standardized and imported into the Alaska Boreal Forest Fire History Database. Additionally, improvements have been made to the Alaska Large Fire Database by identifying and digitizing missing large fire perimeters, fixing incorrect fire perimeters, expanding fire attribute information, and extending the dataset to include fire records from 1939 to 1949.



 

 

 

 

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