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Type: Conference Paper
Author(s): Martin E. Alexander
Publication Date: 2000

[From lead-in] Although there are many other fire behavior knowledge gaps and research needs that I could list here (e.g., development of models or guidelines for predicting fire vortex generation, plume-dominated or convectively dominated fires and safety zone size/characteristics), here's my "Top 20" list of items pertaining to ecosystem management in no particular order ... The items are largely a reflection of my own opinions and are not based on any survey of fire researchers and fire managers; I am however indebted to comments made by Judi Beck (B.C. Forest Service), mark Heathcott (Parks Canada) and Rick Lanoville (GNWT Forest Management Division). Bear in mind that my perspective is largely that of someone who has been engaged in outdoor experimental fire behavior research, wildfire case study investigation, and wildfire monitoring/operations as a professional for nearly 25 years, principally in the boreal forest region of Canada but with some experience in Australia, New Zealand and the U.S.

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Citation: Alexander, M.E. 2000. Fire behavior knowledge gaps (& research needs) pertaining to ecosystem management. Invited paper presented at the Integrated Resource Management in Ecosystems Dominated by High Intensity Fire: Challenges, Tools and Solutions Workshop, 8–10 November 2000, Edmonton, AB. 6 p.

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  • boreal forest
  • Canada
  • CBD - crown bulk density
  • CFFDRS - Canadian Forest Fire Danger Rating System
  • conifer forests
  • crown fire initiation
  • extreme fire behavior
  • FBP - CFFDRS Fire Behavior Prediction System
  • fire behavior modeling
  • fire break
  • fire danger monitoring
  • fire growth
  • fire spread
  • flammability
  • foliar moisture
  • fuel break
  • fuel characteristics
  • fuel reduction
  • fuel types
  • FWI - Canadian Forest Fire Weather Index System
  • remote sensing
  • spot fire
  • wind modelling
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