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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 2010

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).

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arrowNatural Fuels Photo Series Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

arrowarrowMexico Photo Series Now Online--The photo series “Quantifying Forest Fuels in México: Montane Subtropical Forests of the Sierra Madre del Sur, and Temperate Forests and Montane Shrubland of the Northern Sierra Madre Oriental” has been made available in an electronic format. It was published in 2007 by the FERA team, University of Washington, and the Instituto Manantlán de Ecología y Conservación de la Biodiversidad (IMECBIO) of the Universidad de Guadalajara, with support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the USFS International Programs, the Fondo Mexicano para la Conservación de la Naturaleza A.C. (FMCN) and the Fundación Manantlán para la Biodiversidad de Occidente A.C. (MABIO).

arrowarrowBrazil Uses FERA Photo Series to Estimate Greenhouse Gas Emissions-- Data and photos from FERA’s Brazil photo series on the cerrado (grasslands) was used in the production of the high-profile report "Genesis Forest Project: Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation in the State of Tocantins, Brazil." The framework for this report is the Reduction of Emissions from Deforestation in Developing Countries (REDD) initiative. It is expected that the Mexico photo series will be used in a similar manner for a REDD showcase in that country. The report is in English.

arrowarrowSpotted Owl Nesting Habitat Photo Series—Field work began this month to develop a natural fuels photo series that portrays high-quality spotted owl nesting habitat. Focus is on the national forests and Bureau of Land Management lands in the Pacific Northwest. It is expected to provide a common tool for biologists, fuels specialists, and silviculturalists to discuss owl habitat and potential fuel treatments. FERA’s Bob Vihnanek is making initial visits to photograph sites, and the field crew is following after to do a fuels inventory. This project is funded by the U.S. Forest Service/Bureau of Land Management regional fire management offices, and support provided by local wildlife and fire specialists.







arrowFCCS Layers in LANDFIRE

FERA and the LANDFIRE team collaborated together to develop and map a set of FCCS fuelbeds to represent complete coverage of current vegetation types designated in LANDFIRE. Coverage of this GIS layer is at a 30-m resolution across the continental United States. The fuelbed map will provide managers and scientists detailed fuelbed information and fire potential assessment. The GIS FCCS fuelbed layer for the continental United States is located on the LANDFIRE website. Fuelbeds to represent Alaska will be developed and mapped in FY 2011.

arrowFERA Plans Collaboration with Fire Scientists in Portugal

Roger Ottmar and the University of Washington’s Ernesto Alvarado travelled to Portugal in late May to meet with colleagues Professor's Ana Miranda and Carlos Borrego and Dr. Jorge Amorim from the University of Aveiro. They presented seminars, lectured, and planned collaborative research with Portugal’s fire researchers. Shared themes identified were public and firefighter smoke exposure study and data analysis, fuelbed development and mapping for Portugal and other countries in the European Union, and fire behavior modelling.
Roger, Ernesto, Bob Vihnanek, and Susan Prichard, all part of the FERA team, will be attending the 6th International Conference on Fire Behavior Research Fire Behavior in Coimbra, Portugal this November, presenting papers, leading a FERA fuels workshop, and continuing discussions on collaborative research with the University of Aveiro.

arrowOpportunity to Provide Feedback on IFT-DSS Development

Are you interested in joining a user group to evaluate early versions of the Interagency Fuel Treatment Decision Support System? To learn more about this developing integrated system of multiple models, just review the briefing below. If you are still interested, contact Stacy Drury with Sonoma Technology Inc. at


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