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Research Projects

Research Projects are categorized by the 6 major Focus Areas of FFS. To see projects by focus areas, click on area link or scroll down to see all projects.

Physical Fire Processes
Fuel Dynamics
Smoke Emissions and Dispersion
Fire Ecology
Fire and Fuel Management Strategies
Science Synthesis and Delivery

Firefighter Safety Zones | Print |

Photo: FirePerhaps one of the most critical decisions made by firefighters during daily fire management operations is the identification of suitable safety zones.

DAYLIGHT: Using daylighting, thinning, and prescribed fire to restore whitebark pine | Print |

project imageWhitebark pine has been rapidly declining on many National Forests in the northwestern United States over the last three decades because of blister rust infections and mountain pine beetle outbreaks, which have been exacerbated by recent warmer climates. 

FireBGCv2 Simulation Modeling Platform | Print |

Climet - FireBGCv2FireBGCv2 is a highly successful modeling platform that has been designed to iteratively generate fire regimes and ecological dynamics on real world landscapes.

Interactive effects of insects, fire and climate on fuel loads and fire behavior in mixed conifer forests | Print |

interactive_effects1-thumbThis project is aimed at elucidating the effect of interactions of fire, insect outbreaks, windthrow, and climate on fuel and fire behavior using simulation modeling.

FUELDIST: Estimating surface and canopy fuel conditions after stand-replacing disturbance events in northern Rocky Mountain ecosystems | Print |

Photo: icon It is generally assumed that insect and disease epidemics, such as those caused by the mountain pine beetle, predispose damaged forests to high fire danger by creating highly flammable fuel conditions.

iMast: An integrated study investigating masticated fuels | Print |

iMastMany land management agencies are exploring a wide variety of fuel treatments to lower fire intensities and severities and to restore ecosystems to historical conditions.

STIX: A comparison of sampling techniqes to estimate wildland surface fuel loading in montane forests of the norther Rocky Mountains | Print |

project imageDesigning fuel sampling methods that accurately and efficiently assesses fuel loads at relevant spatial scales requires knowledge of each sample method’s strengths and tradeoffs.

FireStem tree mortality modeling tool | Print |

Image: FireStem logoFireStem is a computer model designed to aid fire managers in predicting tree mortality based on fire behavior and intensity.

Wind Wizard surface wind modeling system | Print |

wind wizard imageWind is one of the most critical environmental factors affecting fire behavior and intensity.

Communicating Forest Management Science through Visualized, Animated Media Presentations | Print |

FMSP iconNatural resource managers use a variety of computer-mediated presentation methods to communicate with the public about ecosystem dynamics and management practices.

Real-time satellite observations of fire burned area | Print |

Image: satellite imagePollutant emissions from wildand fires can degrade air quality on local, regional, and continental scales.

Central Oregon Fire History | Print |

central-or-thumbCentral Oregon currently lacks the site-specific fire and forest histories that are necessary for scientifically based land-management planning in the region.

Fire regimes & forest structure of Utah & eastern Nevada: A multi-scale history from tree rings | Print |

Photo: stump cuttingBefore this project, Utah and eastern Nevada lacked dendrochronologically crossdated, site-specific fire and vegetation histories that provide crucial information for scientifically based fire, land, and natural resource management.

FIRESEV | Print |


A fire severity mapping system for real time fire management application and long-term planning.

Restoring Whitebark Pine Ecosystems (RWPE) | Print |

Image: Restoring White Bark Pine logoWhitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis) forests are declining across most of their range in North America because of the combined effects of three factors:

FUELVAR: Estimating the variability of fuel properties | Print |

fuelvar-thumbFUELVAR is a comprehensive effort to describe the spatial variability in surface and canopy fuel characteristics across major forest ecosystem types in the northern Rocky Mountains.

Quantifying Canopy Fuels | Print |

canopyfuels-thumbThis study will develop, evaluate, and compare methods or approaches to measure crown fuels and incorporate the crown fuel information into landscape-scale land use and planning processes.

Fire Whirl Research | Print |

Synthesis of existing knowledge and new research is underway to understand fire whirl genesis and behavior.

RxCADRE | Print |

Image: RxCADRES The availability of integrated, quality-assured fuels, fire, and atmospheric data for development and evaluation of fuels, fire behavior, smoke, and fire effects models is limited.

WindNinja | Print |

windninja_thumbWindNinja is a computer program that computes spatially varying wind fields for wildland fire application.

Fireworks: Hands-on Education in Fire Science | Print |

Photo: studentTwo research projects investigated effectiveness of hands-on learning techniques for increasing understanding of wildland fire and changing attitudes about fire and fuel management.

Remote Sensing and Fire Chemistry | Print |

modis imageThe Remote Sensing Lab is using data collected from the Terra and Aqua satellites.