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Tools to aid post-wildfire assessment and erosion-mitigation treatment decisions

Posted date: September 05, 2012
Publication Year: 
2013
Authors: Robichaud, Pete R.; Ashmun, Louise E.
Publication Series: 
Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Source: International Journal of Wildland Fire. 22: 95-105.

Abstract

A considerable investment in post-fire research over the past decade has improved our understanding of wildfire effects on soil, hydrology, erosion and erosion-mitigation treatment effectiveness. Using this new knowledge, we have developed several tools to assist land managers with post-wildfire assessment and treatment decisions, such as prediction models, research syntheses, equipment and methods for field measurements, reference catalogues and databases of past-practice, and spreadsheets for calculating resource valuation and costbenefit analysis. These tools provide relevant science to post-fire assessment teams and land managers in formats that often can be directly entered into assessment and treatment decision-making protocols. Providing public access to these tools through the internet not only has increased their dissemination, but also has allowed them to be updated and improved as new knowledge and technology become available. The use of these science-based tools has facilitated a broader application of current knowledge to post-fire management in the United States and in other fire-prone areas around the world.

Citation

Robichaud, Peter R.; Ashmun, Louise E. 2013. Tools to aid post-wildfire assessment and erosion-mitigation treatment decisions. International Journal of Wildland Fire. 22: 95-105.