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Keyword: decision support

Use of lidar-derived landscape parameters to characterize alternative harvest system options in the Inland Northwest

Publications Posted on: November 21, 2018
As innovative harvest systems are developed, the extent to which they can be utilized on the landscape based on machine capabilities is often unclear to forest managers. Spatial decision support models may aid contractors and forest planners in choosing appropriate logging systems based on topography and stand characteristics.

Spatial optimization of operationally relevant large fire confine and point protection strategies: Model development and test cases

Publications Posted on: April 03, 2018
This study introduces a large fire containment strategy that builds upon recent advances in spatial fire planning, notably the concept of potential wildland fire operation delineations (PODs). Multiple PODs can be clustered together to form a “box” that is referred as the “response POD” (or rPOD). Fire lines would be built along the boundary of an rPOD to contain a large fire.

NorWeST stream temperature data summaries for the western U.S.

Datasets Posted on: March 15, 2018
NorWeST is an interagency stream temperature database and model for the western United States containing data from over 20,000 unique stream locations. Temperature observations were solicited from state, federal, tribal, private, and municipal resource organizations and processed using a custom cleaning script developed by Gwynne Chandler. Summaries of daily, weekly, and monthly means, minima, and maxima are provided for observation years.

NorWeST modeled summer stream temperature scenarios for the western U.S.

Datasets Posted on: March 15, 2018
NorWeST summer stream temperature scenarios were developed for all rivers and streams in the western U.S. from the > 20,000 stream sites in the NorWeST database where mean August stream temperatures were recorded.

A framework for developing safe and effective large-fire response in a new fire management paradigm

Publications Posted on: October 03, 2017
The impacts of wildfires have increased in recent decades because of historical forest and fire management, a rapidly changing climate, and an increasingly populated wildland urban interface. This increasingly complex fire environment highlights the importance of developing robust tools to support risk-informed decision making.

Exploring information needs for wildland fire and fuels management

Publications Posted on: May 12, 2016
We report the results of a questionnaire and workshop that sought to gain a better and deeper understanding of the contemporary information needs of wildland fire and fuels managers.

Visualizing carbon storage of harvested and burned forests

Projects Posted on: February 08, 2016
Forest management and natural disturbance can have a significant impact on storage or emission of greenhouse gases. Researchers with the Rocky Mountain Research Station designed the Forest Carbon Management Framework (ForCaMF) to model how harvested and burned stands contribute to overall carbon storage over different time scales. ForCaMF was used to conduct analyses across all 76 million ha of National Forest System land by Forest Service Region. Through informed forest management, additional forest carbon storage is achievable.

Wildland Fire Management Research, Development & Application Program

Pages Posted on: August 14, 2015
The Wildland Fire Management Research, Development & Application Program (WFM RD&A) was initiated in 2007 to provide exemplary fire science integration and wildland fire management support to management agencies and partners. The program sponsors and guides the development and application of wildland scientific knowledge, develops decision support tools, and provides science application services to the interagency wildland fire community.

Developing an aviation exposure index to inform risk-based fire management decisions

Publications Posted on: April 21, 2015
Wildland firefighting is an inherently dangerous activity, and aviation-related accidents in particular comprise a large share of firefighter fatalities. Due to limited understanding of operational factors that lead to aviation accidents, it is unclear how local decisionmakers, responsible for requesting aviation support, can mitigate the risk of an aviation accident once resources are requested.

Climate shield cold-water refuge streams for preserving native trout

Documents and Media Posted on: March 18, 2015
Crowd-sourced biological datasets contributed by multiple agencies were coupled with high-resolution NorWeST stream temperature scenarios to delineate invasion resistant, climate refuge streams across >450,000 stream kilometers in the northwestern U.S. for two native trout species of concern — Bull Trout and Cutthroat Trout.Document Type: Briefing Papers