Spatial characteristics and patterns of forest fire severity ...

Spatial characteristics and patterns of forest fire severity in the early 20th century, Lassen Volcanic National Park

 

The goal of this project is to determine how pre-fire exclusion patterns of forest fire severity, and their characteristics (i.e. patch sizes, configuration, etc.), vary with topography and forest type in Lassen Volcanic National Park. Specifically, objectives are to: 1) Identify pre-fire exclusion spatial patterns of fire severity (Low, Moderate, High) for major forest types; 2) Determine how pre-fire exclusion patterns of fire severity are related to slope aspect, slope pitch, slope position, elevation, and forest type.

 

These objectives will be accomplished using multiple lines of evidence to develop geo-referenced maps of pre-fire exclusion period fire severity. These maps will then be analyzed using GIS. Evidence of past fire severity will be derived from early vegetation cover type maps, vegetation characteristics in aerial photographs, tree ring evidence of fire severity, repeat photography of forest stands and forest landscapes.

 

 

 

This project was supported with funding from the National Park Service and the Joint Fire Science Program

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