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Reconstructing Landscape Pattern of Historical Fires and Fire Regimes

  • Tyson Swetnam
  • Donald A. Falk
  • Amy E. Hessl
  • Calvin Farris
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Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD)

Abstract

Analysis of historical fire patterns of severity provides a view of fire regimes before they were altered by contemporary forest management practices such as logging, road-building, grazing, and fire suppression. Historical fire data can place contemporary observed fire data in a longer temporal context, and establish prior likelihoods to test outputs from predictive fire behavior and forest vegetation simulation models. When integrated with biophysical and remote-sensing data, fire-history data have been modeled to create both coarse scale (1 km2, Schmidt et al. 2002) and fine scale (30 m2, Rollins and Frame 2006) maps of fire regimes for the contiguous United States (LANDFIRE 2007).

Keywords

Geographic Information System Fire Regime Inverse Distance Weighting Palmer Drought Severity Index Fire Spread 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tyson Swetnam
    • 1
  • Donald A. Falk
  • Amy E. Hessl
  • Calvin Farris
  1. 1.School of Natural Resources and the EnvironmentUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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