Fuel models and fire potential from satellite and surface observations
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Robert E. Burgan; Robert W. Klaver; Jacqueline M. Klaver
Publication Year: 1998

Cataloging Information

  • Chile
  • cover
  • dead fuels
  • fire danger
  • fire danger rating
  • fire management planning
  • fire models
  • fire potential
  • forest types
  • fuel loading
  • fuel management
  • fuel models
  • fuel moisture
  • GIS - geographic information system
  • GPS - global positioning system
  • ground cover
  • habitat types
  • live fuels
  • Mexico
  • Nevada
  • remote sensing
  • satellite data
  • Spain
  • topography
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
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Tall Timbers Record Number: 11232
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Journals-I
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A national 1-km resolution fire danger fuel model map was derived through used of previously mapped land cover classes and ecoregions, and extensive ground sample data, then refined through review by fire managers familiar with various portions of the U.S. The fuel model map will be used in the next generation fire danger rating system for the U.S., but it also made possible immediate development of a satellite and ground based fire potential index map. The inputs and algorithm of the fire potential index are presented, along with a case study of the correlation between the fire potential index and fire occurrence in California and Nevada. Application of the fire potential index in the Mediterranean ecosystems of Spain, Chile, and Mexico will be tested.

Online Link(s):
Burgan, Robert E.; Klaver, Robert W.; Klaver, Jacqueline M. 1998. Fuel models and fire potential from satellite and surface observations. International Journal of Wildland Fire 8(3):159-170.