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Fire and Environmental Research Applications Team


Fire and Environmental Research Applications Team
Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory

400 N 34th Street, Suite 201
Seattle, WA 98103

(206) 732-7800

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FERA Research Update July 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 or contact Ellen Eberhardt at (541)750-7481,

Economic Recovery Act Invests in FERA’s Fire Research

FERA recently received money under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to improve fuels characterization, fuels management, and fuels consumption software, and integrate all parts to improve easy of use. Investments will be made to improve the architecture of the Fuel Characteristic Classification System (FCCS), and advance integration of it with the Digital Photo Series, Consume 3.0, and the Fire Emission Production System. In addition, FCCS will be integrated into the Vegetation Dynamics Development Tool (VDDT) with this funding. Work is expected to be completed in December 2010, and be accomplished by university and private partners.

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Integration of Forest Vegetation Simulator and FCCS Tackled on Multiple Fronts

Research by Morris Johnson into integrating FERA’s Fuel Characteristic Classification System (FCCS) with the Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS) is proceeding in cooperation with three major partners.

Funding from the Tahoe Science Program is allowing Dr. Johnson to use FCCS and FVS to evaluate alternative fuel treatments in the South Shore wildland urban interface area.  Discussions with planning forester Duncan Leao and silviculturalist Rita Mustatia led to consensus on the methods to populate the shrub and nonwoody strata in the FCCS. 

Dr. Johnson met with Jim McCarter, Rural Technology Initiative, in North Carolina to share with him plans developed in Lake Tahoe and their application to the Forest Service Global Change Project linking FCCS fuel loading mapped at landscape scales to tree information used for stand-level treatment decisions to better identify fire reduction priorities.

On the software portion of the integration, FVS programmers Stephaine Rebain and Don Vandendriesche from Fort Collins, Colorado are working on the most efficient way to include FCCS fuelbeds in the code of FVS.

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Australian Researcher Concludes Visit to Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Lab

Australian scientist Jennifer Hollis spent the last month working with Dr. Roger Ottmar studying fuels and consumption issues. They spent time in the office and field discussing equations from Consume 3.0, reviewing a manuscript, looking at how the Fuel Characteristic Classification System could be adapted for Australia, and doing an overview of the Australian fuel assessment system.

On July 10th she presented a seminar at the Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Lab on woody fuel consumption in Australian forest fires. Jennifer’s interests have taken her to the Missoula Fire Lab to explore more. Her web page is:

NASA Interns Test Use of Satellite Imagery to Study Impact of Fuel Treatments on Carbon Emissions

Over the summers of 2008 and 2009, interns from the NASA Ames DEVELOP Program have been working with FERA’s Dr. Susan Prichard on a project in conjunction with the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest in eastern Washington. The 2009 project uses ground-based measurements and satellite imagery to evaluate the impact of fuel treatments on carbon emissions during the Tripod Complex fire. Two fuel treatments -- partial harvests alone, and with prescribed burns -- were selected. 

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Workshop Scheduled for 4th Fire Congress

FERA will be offering a short course in the use of its fire management tools at the 4th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress in Savannah, Georgia on the morning of Monday, November 30th.  Registration is required.

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Managing National Forest Resources under Climate Change

The journal Environmental Management published an online paper “Managing for Multiple Resources under Climate Change: National Forests” on July 9, 2009. It explores potential adaptation approaches to planning and management that the U.S. Forest Service might adopt to help achieve its goals and objectives in the face of climate change. FERA author David L. Peterson is included in the list of 7 authors. Other Forest Service authors include Linda Joyce, Steve McNulty, Connie Millar, and Ron Neilson.

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