Digital Photo Series
Principal Investigator(s):
  • Clinton S. Wright
    US Forest Service, Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory
Co-Principal Investigator(s):
  • Roger D. Ottmar
    US Forest Service, Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory
  • Robert E. Vihnanek
    US Forest Service, Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory
Completion Date: September 10, 2007

Cataloging Information

  • digital imagery
  • photo series
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Record Last Modified: December 13, 2016
FRAMES Record Number: 15743


Wildland fire professionals require accurate, detailed fuels information to effectively plan and implement a whole range of fuels and fire management actions. The Natural Fuels Photo Series, a photo guide designed for field use, is a source of high quality fuels data for a wide variety of forest and range ecosystems throughout the United States. These data were developed for on-the-ground assessments, however, and are not fully utilized in the planning environment. Technological advances since the inception of the original Photo Series projects, coupled with development of new fire- and natural resource-based software applications highlight the need to bring the Photo Series concept into the electronic age. The Digital Photo Series will be a software application that will include a fuels database with a user-friendly interface that will leverage the already high value of the Photo Series data. The Digital Photo Series will be able to include data that were collected, but not included in the original books because of publication limitations, as well as added functionality for fire and fuels planners and scientists (e.g., browsing, querying, and comparison functions, a fuelbed builder, output formatted to interface with Behave, Fofem, Consume 3.0, Fuel Characteristic Classification System, etc.). The Digital Photo Series will complement, not replace, the paper and ink versions available now and in the future; it will be a tool to more easily and effectively use the comprehensive data sets available for numerous ecosystems for strategic planning and analysis, and for implementation of field projects.