Mapping Fuels Using Remote Sensing and Biophysical Modeling

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					Mapping Fuels Using Remote Sensing and Biophysical Modeling. 98-1-1-07. Robert
E. Keane.

Problem: In recent years, developments in communication, spatial, and modeling
technologies are changing how we perceive the process of wildfire; and they also affect
how we manage it. Advances in computer technologies have resulted in the advancement
and enhancement of new remote sensing and modeling techniques. To meet the needs of
land managers, a synopsis of the available models and capabilities is needed along with
an understanding on how to integrate the various technologies.

Approach: The Joint Fire Science Conference and Workshop, Crossing the Millennium:
Integrating Spatial Technologies and Ecological Principles for a New Age in Fire
Management, was held in Boise, Idaho on June 15 to 17, 1999. In attendance were 239
researchers, managers, students, and vendors.

Project Findings: An all-day workshop on the final day of the conference produced
seven general recommendations. These recommendations include the need for: 1)
management tools including databases, maps, and models that are grounded in ecological
research and principles; 2) an integrative and systematic national approach to fuel
mapping and modeling; 3) national focus, guidance, and support for the application of
tools; 4) improvement of technology development, transfer, and communication between
developers and user communities; 5) encouragement of collaborative approaches to
research, development, and implementation of new information and decision support
tools; 6) more precise and consistent definitions and standards for fire severity, hazard,
and risk; and 7) a new emphasis on training that incorporates the latest developments in
remote sensing, geographic information systems, information management, and
communications technologies.

Deliverables and Technology Transfer: In total, 17 invited papers and 105 contributed
and poster papers were presented to an international audience of wildland fire
researchers, managers, and technicians. Conference proceedings are available at: The conference recommendations are also
presented in the Workshop Summary Report along with the contributed and poster
papers, in a two-volume set of proceedings published in 2000 by the University of Idaho.

Project & Technology Transfer Implementation: The project provides a very robust
set of papers on the latest technologies and their possible applications. There are several
locations where papers associated with the conference are available on the Internet
including the Fire and Fire Surrogate and FRAMES websites. The conference
proceedings gather this information into one nice central location at the above JFSP site
that can serve as a major source of remote sensing and biophysical modeling techniques
as of 1999. One aspect of the original proposal that seems to be missing is the
formalization of fuels mapping protocol and the comprehensive manual.