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Type: Journal Article
Author(s): James A. Lutz; Andrew J. Larson; Mark E. Swanson
Publication Date: 2018

Large, spatially explicit forest plots have the potential to address currently understudied aspects of fire ecology and management, including the validation of physics-based fire behavior models and next-generation fire effects models. Pre-fire forest structures, fire-mediated mortality, and post-fire forest development can be examined in a spatial context, and value can be added to current multidisciplinary approaches by adding a long-term perspective. Here we propose that the fire science community begin to build a collaborative network of fire-related large forest dynamics plots to examine explicit spatial patterns of surface fuels, tree mortality, and post-fire regeneration throughout ecosystems with frequent-fire forests.

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Citation: Lutz, James A.; Larson, Andrew J.; Swanson, Mark E. 2018. Advancing fire science with large forest plots and a long-term multidisciplinary approach. Fire 1(1):5.

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  • fire severity
  • forest inventory plots
  • Smithsonian ForestGEO
  • Yosemite Forest Dynamics Plot
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