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FERA Research Update January 2009

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

FUEL CHARACTERISTIC CLASSIFICATION (FCCS) V. 2.0 RELEASED

The Fuel Characteristic Classification System (FCCS), version 2.0, has been released Enhancements include (1) user-specified environmental variables to predict surface fire behavior, including reaction intensity, flame length, and rate of spread, (2) crosswalks to one of the original 13 Fire Behavior Prediction System fuel models and one of the 40 standard fuel models (3) carbon storage report by fuelbed category and subcategory and predicts the amount of combustible carbon in each category and subcategory based on selected fuel moisture scenarios, (4) reporting in English and metric units, (5) ability for users to upload photos to represent each fuelbed, and (6) a batch mode to provide output on a set of multiple fuelbeds.



HAVE IT YOUR WAY: OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE BRINGS COMMON GROUND TO SMOKE MANAGEMENT AND EMISSIONS INVENTORIES

The October 2008 issue of the Joint Fire Science Program's Fire Science Briefs highlights the Fire Emission Production Model (FEPS). The emphasis is on the open source nature of FEPS, offering a fast and easy way for a variety of users with different levels of knowledge and experience to generate valid emissions and smoke transport prediction.


 

 

LANDFIRE FCCS LAYER AVAILABLE FOR WESTERN U.S.

LANDFIRE, which provides national-level, high-resolution geospatial products to support fire and fuels management planning, now includes a GIS layer that maps 229 FCCS fuelbeds across the western United States. Users will find it listed under the “Fire Effects” layers on the Landfire interactive website, or on the CD which can be requested. Expected users include regional modelers who need fine-resolution data, and managers responsible for consistent analysis and policy over large regions.

 

FIELD CREW HEADS SOUTH FOR THE WINTER

FERA’s field crew is back on the road again, headed to Florida for January and February. They will collect pre-fire fuel loading and fuel consumption data to help validate fuel consumption models for the Eastern regions of the U.S. Later in the year, field work will move to more northern states. This work is funded by the Joint Fire Science Program and undertaken in collaboration with the Northern Research Station.

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