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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 March 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).

To subscribe, visit or contact Ellen Eberhardt at (541)750-7481,

arrowVideo Lecture Series on Climate Change and Fish Available Online

The lecture series is the result of a one-day workshop, entitled "Climate Change Impacts on Olympic Peninsula Salmon," that took place in November, 2009 at Olympic National Forest Headquarters in Olympia, Washington. Many top regional experts in the fields of fisheries and aquatic science gave presentations on the potential effects of climate change on fish and aquatic habitats in the western U.S., along with information on potential adaptation actions that can be taken in response to climate change.

The workshop was conducted as a part of the WestWide Climate Initiative's Olympic Climate Change Case Study. (March 18, 2010)

arrowDormant Season Data Collection Complete for Southeast Season-of-Burning Study
FERA’s busy and hardworking field crew successfully completed dormant season burns for the season of burn study in Florida (5 burns at Eglin Air Force Base, 3 burns at the Apalachicola National Forest and 1 burn at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge).  They also finished pre-burn sampling for the growing season units that are scheduled to be burned later this year. (March 18, 2010)


arrowDefining How Aging Pseudotsuga and Abies Compensate for Multiple Stresses through Multi-Criteria Assessment of a Functional–Structural Model

There is a paucity of tools in the study of complex ecological systems that enable effective evaluation of multiple factors that act simultaneously to inform system behavior. We demonstrate how multi-criteria optimization with Pareto optimality is a promising tool to synthesize multiple competing factors in complex systems and to effectively visualize tradeoffs among those factors. In our example we use the procedure to synthesize factors that control tree longevity, including those that limit growth in large trees and how trees are able to persist despite growth limitations.







arrowPeterson Featured in “Sustaining Our Northwest World” Lecture Series

FERA’s leader, Dave Peterson, presented an engaging lecture, “Climate, Forests, and Future: a View from the Treeline” at the University of Washington’s lecture series March 11. His presentation explored how interdisciplinary science can help society prepare for climate change. The newly-formed College of the Environment and its School of Forest Resources also honored both Dave and their long-standing partnership with the Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Lab. The entire talk was videotaped for later posting and viewing on both the UW website and UWTV.  (March 18, 2010)

arrowMini-Workshop Held at the University of Idaho

FERA taught a mini-fuels workshop at the University of Idaho in early March for their 401-series forest management class.  Fifteen students participated along with Chad Hoffman and Dr. Phil Higuera, a recently-hired Assistant Professor of Fire Ecology. The workshop concentrated on FERA tools including the FCCS, Consume, and the photo series.  (March 18, 2010)

arrowFERA Crew Sampling Treated Fuel Sites at Savannah River Site

The FERA field crew spent 14 days inventorying fuels at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina during March. The sites inventoried represented various fuel treatments including a control, chipping, prescribed fire, and herbicide.  The data will be used to develop FCCS fuelbeds and calculate FCCS fire potentials and surface fire behavior estimates for evaluating the fuels treatment effectiveness. (March 18, 2010)

arrowHandpile Calculator Report Published

Development of equations used in the newly-released handpile calculator have been documented in General Technical Report 805 by Clint Wright, Cameron Balog, and Jeff Kelly. Handpile biomass estimates obtained through this tool can be used to predict fuel consumption and smoke emissions. The calculator itself can be found online


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