Reverse cumulative standing age distributions in fire-frequency analysis -- Comment
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): D. J. Huggard; A. Arsenault
Publication Year: 1999

Cataloging Information

  • age classes
  • Alberta
  • boreal forests
  • British Columbia
  • burning intervals
  • Canada
  • coastal forests
  • distribution
  • ecosystem dynamics
  • fire danger rating
  • fire frequency
  • fire management
  • fire regimes
  • fire suppression
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • montane forests
  • mortality
  • population density
  • population ecology
  • Quebec
  • stand characteristics
  • statistical analysis
  • subalpine forests
  • Washington
  • wildfires
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 37490
Tall Timbers Record Number: 11964
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Journals-C
TTRS Abstract Status: Okay, Fair use, Reproduced by permission

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From the text...'Fire-frequency (FF) analysis is used to derive, from empirical data, parameters that describe the frequency of fires in a system; the time-since-fire distribution; the age-specific probability of fire; and other summary statistics such as the natural fire rotation, the mean fire-return interval, and the fire cycle...Unfortunately, a common method of applying empirical data on stand ages to FF analysis is incorrect, producing incorrect results and interpretations in published studies. We demonstrate the mistake by examining the derivation of FF models, comparing them to their analogue in population ecology, static life-table (SLT) analyses.' © National Research Council of Canada, NRC Research Press. Abstract reproduced by permission.

Online Link(s):
Huggard, D. J., and A. Arsenault. 1999. Reverse cumulative standing age distributions in fire-frequency analysis -- Comment. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, v. 29, no. 9, p. 1449-1456.