Jeremy S. Fried
Portland Forestry Sciences Lab
Portland, OR 97205
Contact Jeremy S. Fried
My research addresses a suite of related problems and opportunities relating to the management of U.S. forests, informed by inventory science and data. I assess forest carbon flux, evaluate the technical challenges to obtaining good estimates, and assess policy relevant use of forest carbon stock and flux information. I evaluate trajectories in landscape-scale forest fire hazard, relate post-fire forest conditions to pre-fire forest stand structure to guide fuel treatment strategies, and evaluate woody biomass bioenergy potential in connection with landscape fuel treatments and greenhouse gas mitigation imperatives. I also remain active in two lines of research dating back over a decade: simulating and optimizing initial attack success for efficient redeployment of firefighting resources, and application of geoinformatic analysis frameworks to natural resource problems such as monitoring wildland urban interface, assessing riparian forest, and terrain analysis.
Fire and fuels, forest inventory modeling, carbon estimation, modeling to support forest and fire management, geospatial simulation of forest resource change and utilization.
My past research has explored nonmarket valuation of fire risk reduction, effects of climate change on wildfire severity, effects of elevated CO2 on tree growth, optimal siting of riparian buffer strips, public acceptance of fuel treatment, modeling of fuel characteristics, and ecology of bigleaf maple in Douglas-fir forests.
Why This Research is Important
Our forests are changing rapidly in response to environmental stressors and development pressures. In the West, we seek to better understand the natural role of fire and how management could realistically, in light of economic and social context, transition forests to a state of greater long-term resiliancy and sustainability. At the same time, forests present a unique opportunity to help mitigate the human-caused greenhouse gas buildup responsible for climate change IF the full scope of forests and the products that flow from them are fully accounted for. Obtaining accurate estimates of forest carbon flux at broad and fine scales presents one of the greatest challenges to biometry in recent decades, and is essential if economic incentives to motivate effective greenhouse gase mitigation are to be set correctly and efficiently.
- University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D. Forest Management and Economics, 1992
- Oregon State University, M.S. Forest Ecology and Soils, 1985
- University of California, Berkeley, B.S. Forestry, 1982
- Research Forester, USFS PNW Research Station FIA/RMA Programs
1999 - Current
California Analyst; Team Leader 1999-2009
- Visiting Full Professor of Geoinformatics, University of Helsinki
1998 - 1999
Initiated, designed, developed and taught graduate curriculum in geographic information science
- Assistant/Associate Professor of Forest Management, Michigan State University
1992 - 1999
Taught forest management, GIS, biometry, computer applications; 50% appointment in Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station
- Post-graduate researcher/Associate Specialist, University of California, Berkeley, Dept of Forestry and Resource Management
1986 - 1992
Developed California Fire Economics Simulator software; this system has been used by CALFIRE since 1988 to evaluate all prospective changes to the initial attack system.
- Junior Specialist, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Terrestrial Ecology Division
1985 - 1986
Researched long term effects of elevated CO2 on plants using open-top chamber CO2 fumigation
- SAF National Convention, 2014 Progam Committee Chair (2012 - Current)
- Society of American Foresters, Task Force On Forest Carbon And Biomass For Bioenergy (2010 - 2012)
- Society of American Foresters, Forest Science & Technology Board (2008 - 2010)
- International Journal Of Wildland Fire, Associate Editor (2002 - 2008)
Awards & Recognition
- PNW Research Station Award for Distinguished Science, 2009
Featured Publications & Products
- Jain, Theresa B.; Battaglia, Mike A.; Han, Han-Sup; Graham, Russell T.; Keyes, Christopher R.; Fried, Jeremy S.; Sandquist, Jonathan E. 2012. A comprehensive guide to fuel management practices for dry mixed conifer forests in the northwestern United States.
- Malmsheimer, Robert W.; Bowyer, James L.; Fried, Jeremy S.; Gee, Edmund; Izlar, Robert; Miner, Reid A.; Munn, Ian A.; Oneil, Elaine; Stewart, William C. 2011. Managing forests because carbon matters: integrating energy, products, and land management policy.
- Fried, Jeremy S.; Gilless, J. Keith; Riley, William J.; Moody, Tadashi J.; de Blas, Clara Simon; Hayhoe, Katharine; Mortiz, Max; Stephens, Scott; Torn, Margaret. 2008. Predicting the effect of climate change on wildfire behavior and initial attack success.
- Daugherty, Peter J.; Fried, Jeremy S. 2007. Jointly optimizing selection of fuel treatments and siting of forest biomass-based energy production facilities for landscape-scale fire hazard reduction..
- Melson, Susanna L.; Harmon, Mark E.; Fried, Jeremy S.; Domingo, James B. 2011. Estimates of live-tree carbon stores in the Pacific Northwest are sensitive to model selection.
- Gatziolis, Demetrios; Fried, Jeremy S.; Monleon, Vicente S. 2010. Challenges to estimating tree height via LiDAR in closed-canopy forest: a parable from western Oregon.
Publications & Products
- Lee, Yohan; Fried, Jeremy S.; Albers, Heidi J.; Haight, Robert G. 2013. Deploying initial attack resources for wildfire suppression: spatial coordination, budget constraints, and capacity constraints.
- Oliver, Marie; Fried, Jeremy. 2013. Do carbon offsets work? The role of forest management in greenhouse gas mitigation.
- Fried, Jeremy S.; Fried, Burton D. 2010. A foundation for initial attack simulation: the Fried and Fried fire containment model.
- Huntsinger, Lynn; Johnson, Martin; Stafford, Monica; Fried, Jeremy S. 2010. Hardwood rangeland landowners in California from 1985 to 2004: production, ecosystem services, and permanence.
- Syphard, Alexandra D.; Stewart, Susan I.; McKeefry, Jason; Hammer, Roger B.; Fried, Jeremy S.; Holcomb, Sherry; Radeloff, Volker C. 2009. Assessing housing growth when census boundaries change.
- Pierce, Kenneth B.; Ohmann, Janet L.; Wimberly, Michael C.; Gregory, Matthew J.; Fried, Jeremy S. . 2009. Mapping wildland fuels and forest structure for land management: a comparison of nearest neighbor imputation and other methods.
- Christensen, Glenn A.; Campbell, Sally J.; Fried, Jeremy S. 2008. California's forest resources, 2001-2005: five-year Forest Inventory and Analysis Report..
- Fried, Jeremy S.; Zhou, Xiaoping. 2008. Forest inventory-based estimation of carbon stocks and flux in California forests in 1990..
- Barbour, R. James; Fried, Jeremy; Daugherty, Peter J.; Christensen, Glenn; Fight, Roger. 2008. Potential biomass and logs from fire-hazard-reduction treatments in Southwest Oregon and Northern California.
- Fried, Jeremy S.; Barbour, R. Jamie; Fight, Roger D.; Christensen, Glenn; Pinjuv, Guy. 2008. Small-diameter timber alchemy: can utilization pay the way toward fire-resistant forests.
- Haight, Robert G.; Fried, Jeremy S. 2007. Deploying wildland fire suppression resources with a scenario-based standard response model..
- Fried, Jeremy S.; Gilless, J. Keith; Spero, James. 2006. Analysing initial attack on wildland fires using stochastic simulation..
- Barrett, Tara M.; Gatziolis, Demetrios; Fried, Jeremy S.; Waddell, Karen L. 2006. Sudden oak death in California: what is the potential?.
- Gray, Andrew N.; Fried, Jeremy S.; Christensen, Glenn; Potts, Larry. 2006. Timber resource statistics for forest land in eastern Washington, January 2002..
- Bilek, E.M. (Ted); Skog, Kenneth E.; Fried, Jeremy; Christensen, Glenn. 2005. Fuel to burn : economics of converting forest thinnings to energy using BioMax in southern Oregon.
- Bilek, E.M. (Ted); Skog, Kenneth E.; Fried, Jeremy; Christensen, Glenn. 2005. Fuel to burn: economics of converting forest thinnings to energy using BioMax in southern Oregon..
- Fried, Jeremy S.; Christensen, Glenn; Weyermann, Dale; Barbour, R. Jamie; Fight, Roger; Hiserote, Bruce; Pinjuv, Guy. 2005. Modeling opportunities and feasibility of siting wood-fired electrical generating facilities to facilitate landscape-scale fuel treatment with FIA BioSum..
- Vogt, Christine A.; Winter, Greg; Fried, Jeremy S. 2005. Predicting homeowners' approval of fuel management at the wild-urban interface using the theory of reasoned action..
- Morgan, Todd A.; Keegan, Charles E.; Dillon, Thale; Chase, Alfred L.; Fried, Jeremy S.; Weber, Marc N. 2004. California's forest products industry: a descriptive analysis..
- Fried, Jeremy S.; Bolsinger, Charles L.; Beardsley, Debby. 2004. Chaparral in southern and central coastal California in the mid-1990s: area, ownership, condition, and change..
- Fried, Jeremy; Christensen, Glenn. 2004. FIA BioSum: a tool to evaluate financial costs, opportunities and effectiveness of fuel treatments..
- Rummer, Bob; Prestemon, Jeff; May, Dennis; Miles, Pat; Vissage, John; McRoberts, Ron; Liknes, Greg; Shepperd, Wayne D.; Ferguson, Dennis; Elliot, William; Miller, Sue; Reutebuch, Steve; Barbour, Jamie; Fried, Jeremy; Stokes, Bryce; Bilek, Edward; Skog, Ken. 2003. A strategic assessment of forest biomass and fuel reduction treatments in western states.
- Gilless, J. Keith; Fried, Jeremy S. 1998. Stochastic representation of fire behavior in a wildland fire protection planning model for California..
- Fried, Jeremy S.; Gilless, J. Keith; Martin, Robert E. 1987. CFES--California Fire Economics Simulator: A Computerized System for Wildland Fire Protection Planning.
|Focusing only on small trees is not an economical or effective way to reduce fire hazard|
PNW scientists created an analysis framework called FIA BioSum that uses the nationwide Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) database and allows ...