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Hawaii Vegetation Fire Risk Web Tool

Snapshot : Fires in Hawai'i are fueled mainly by invasive, perennial grasses, since they maintain aboveground live and senescent biomass throughout the year. A fire fuel index for the Island of Hawai'i has been developed using NASA Terra satellite data of vegetation cover.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Cordell, Susan 
Research Station : Pacific Southwest Research Station (PSW)
Year : 2011
Highlight ID : 359

Summary

Fires in Hawai'i are fueled mainly by invasive, perennial grasses maintain aboveground live and senescent biomass throughout the year. A fire fuel index for the Island of Hawai'i has been developed at 500 m spatial resolution using 8-day NASA Terra satellite data. The Terra satellite carries the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MODIS), which was used to determine percentage cover of vegetation. A web-based version of the fire fuel index that covers the entire Island of Hawai'i allows land managers to track both current and historical (since 2005) high fire risk days for their operations, and to quantify the efficacy of their management efforts in reducing fire risk.

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

 
  • Greg Asner, Carnegie InstitutionJim Kellner and Kealoha Kinney, University of Maryland