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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 October 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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arrowLake Tahoe FCCS Fuelbeds Available Online

Current and potential future Fuel Characteristic Classification System (FCCS) fuelbeds have been completed for California’s Lake Tahoe Basin. This allows the Interdisciplinary Team to compare among the various fuel treatment alternatives and characterize them for carbon accounting, potential fire behavior, and potential fire hazard. This information will improve the planning of restoration projects and serve as a common platform for communication among managers, decisions makers, and the public.  These supplementary fuelbeds are available online.

arrowStop By and Visit in Spokane

If you are planning to attend the 3rd Fire Behavior and Fuels Workshop in Spokane, Washington the last week in October, please drop by and visit the Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Lab exhibit. The FERA team, along with our partners in the Atmosphere and Fire Interactions team (AirFire) will be showing our newest research products and papers, and would be pleased to talk with you about our research.

arrowSharing Climate Change Adaptation Strategies in Scotland

FERA’s David L. Peterson and Crystal Raymond travelled to Perth, Scotland in early October to present talks on adapting to climate change through science-management partnerships, and the effects of changing fire regimes on carbon dynamics. They attended the Global Change and the World’s Mountains meeting organized by the international Mountain Research Initiative and the Centre for Mountain Studies.


arrowPortuguese Visit PWFSL to Learn about FCCS

FERA’s Roger Ottmar hosted Dr. Jorge Amorim, from the University of Aveiro, Portugal for two weeks in October.  Jorge will be leading an effort to use the Fuel Characteristic Classification System to build and map fuelbeds for Portugal to enhance the ability to estimate smoke emission impacts from wildfires during wildfire season.

Jorge and Roger met with FERA’s Dr. Susan Prichard, of the University of Washington, to begin planning the work to meet the commitments of this project, and Jorge was also given a tour of the 2006 Tripod Complex fires. The following day, they traveled to Idaho and participated in a prescribed underburn conducted by Dr. Penny Morgan,  professor at the University of Idaho, College of Natural Resources.  Back at PWFSL, Jorge presented the seminar, “Fire and Emissions Research in Portugal,” at both the University of Washington and at the Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Lab before returning home.

arrowWelcome Back to Dr. Crystal Raymond

FERA welcomes back a good friend, Dr. Crystal Raymond, on a postdoctoral appointment under David L. Peterson. She will be facilitating the North Cascadia Adaptation Partnership (NCAP), a Forest Service-National Park Service collaboration to develop a vulnerability assessment and climate change adaptation plan for a 6-million acre landscape in Washington. Crystal worked on the FERA field crew from 2000 to 2002 before returning to school for advanced degrees.

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Last Modified: Tuesday, 25 February 2014 at 13:04:07 CST

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