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Title

Conceptual framework for assessing the sustainability of forest fuel reduction treatments and their adaptation to climate change
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Tony Prato
Publication Year: 2015

Cataloging Information

Keyword(s):
  • adaptation
  • climate change
  • fire hazard reduction
  • fire management
  • forest management
  • fuel management
  • fuel reduction
  • fuel reduction treatments
  • wildfires
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Record Last Modified: August 28, 2019
FRAMES Record Number: 25173
Tall Timbers Record Number: 31423
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TTRS Call Number: Available
TTRS Abstract Status: Fair use, Okay, Reproduced by permission

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Description

Applying fuel reduction treatments (FRTs) to forested landscapes can alleviate undesirable changes in wildfire benefits and costs due to climate change. A conceptual framework was developed for determining the preferred FRTs across planning periods, adapting FRTs to future climate change, assessing the sustainability of adaptive responses to climate change, and evaluating the validity of the two premises motivating this issue of Sustainability. The conceptual framework: (1) accounts for uncertainty about future climate change and its effects on management objectives for FRTs; (2) employs biophysical simulation and mental models to estimate the management objectives for FRTs; (3) uses fuzzy TOPSIS to determine the preferred FRTs for climate futures; (4) employs the minimax regret criterion to identify the preferred FRT for each planning period; (5) determines the best strategy for adapting FRTs to future climate change; and (6) assesses landscape sustainability when using the preferred FRTs. The framework is demonstrated with constructed examples for adapting FRTs to climate change for privately- and publicly-owned forested landscapes. Based on the conceptual framework, current knowledge does not allow determining with certainty whether managers’ adaptations of FRTs to future climate change are sustainable or unsustainable due to type I and II decision errors.

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Citation:
Prato, Tony. 2015. Conceptual framework for assessing the sustainability of forest fuel reduction treatments and their adaptation to climate change. Sustainability 7(4):3571-3591.