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RMRS-GTR-164CD: FIREMON: Fire effects monitoring and inventory system


Lutes, Duncan C.; Keane, Robert E.; Caratti, John F.; Key, Carl H.; Benson, Nathan C.; Sutherland, Steve; Gangi, Larry J. 2006. FIREMON: Fire effects monitoring and inventory system. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-164-CD. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 1 CD.

Monitoring and inventory to assess the effects of wildland fire is critical for 1) documenting fire effects, 2) assessing ecosystem damage and benefit, 3) evaluating the success or failure of a burn, and 4) appraising the potential for future treatments. However, monitoring fire effects is often difficult because data collection requires abundant funds, resources, and sampling experience. Often, the reason fire monitoring projects are not implemented is because fire management agencies do not have scientifically based, standardized protocols for inventorying pre- and postfire conditions that satisfy their monitoring and management objectives. We have developed a comprehensive system, called the Fire Effects Monitoring and Inventory System (FIREMON), which is designed to satisfy fire management agencies' monitoring and inventory requirements for most ecosystems, fuel types, and geographic areas in the United States. FIREMON consists of standardized sampling methods and manuals, field forms, database, analysis program, and an image analysis guide so that fire managers can 1) design a fire effects monitoring project, 2) collect and store the sampled data, 3) statistically analyze and summarize the data, 4) link the data with satellite imagery, and 5) map the sampled data across the landscape using image processing. FIREMON allows flexible but comprehensive sampling of fire effects so data can be evaluated for significant impacts, shared across agencies, and used to update and refine fire management plans and prescriptions. FIREMON has a flexible structure that allows the modification of sampling methods and local code fields to allow the sampling of locally important fire effects evaluation criteria.

Keywords: monitoring, fire effects, inventory, sample design, sampling methods, fuels, burn severity, analysis


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More information: http://www.fire.org/firemon


Download RMRS-GTR-164
http://www.fs.fed.us/rm/pubs/rmrs_gtr164.pdf

PDF File Size: 16.7 MB

Download RMRS-GTR-164 by chapters

FIREMON CD "Read Me"
PDF File Size: 90 K

Cover and Table of Contents
PDF File Size: 310 K

FIREMON Introduction
PDF File Size: 140 K

Integrated Sampling Strategy (ISS) Guide
Robert E. Keane, Duncan C. Lutes
PDF File Size: 1.2 MB

Plot Description (PD)
Robert E. Keane
PDF File Size: 1.1 MB

Tree Data (TD)
Robert E. Keane
PDF File Size: 1.1 MB

Fuel Load (FL)
Duncan C. Lutes, Robert E. Keane
PDF File Size: 1.8 MB

Species Composition (SC)
John F. Caratti
PDF File Size: 575 K

Cover/Frequency (CF)
John F. Caratti
PDF File Size: 650 K

Point Intercept (PO)
John F. Caratti
PDF File Size: 1 MB

Density (DE)
John F. Caratti
PDF File Size: 360 K

Line Intercept (LI)
John F. Caratti
PDF File Size: 820 K

Rare Species (RS)
Steve Sutherland
PDF File Size: 200 K

Landscape Assessment (LA)
Carl H. Key, Nathan C. Benson
PDF File Size: 1.4 MB

FIREMON Database
John F. Caratti
PDF File Size: 3.4 MB

Analysis Tools (AT)
Larry J. Gangi
PDF File Size: 1.2 MB

Metadata (MD)
Robert E. Keane
PDF File Size: 120 K

Fire Behavior (FB)
Robert E. Keane
PDF File Size: 200 K

How To ... Guide
Duncan C. Lutes, Robert E. Keane, John F. Caratti, Carl H. Key, Nathan C. Benson
PDF File Size: 1.3 MB

FIREMON Appendix
PDF File Size: 1.2 MB

FIREMON Glossary
PDF File Size: 100 K

FIREMON References
PDF File Size: 80 K


Title: RMRS-GTR-164CD: FIREMON: Fire effects monitoring and inventory system
Electronic Publish Date: August 1, 2006
Last Update:
August 1, 2006

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