Computer mapping of wildfire hazard areas: A user oriented case study
Document Type: Book
Author(s): C. Tom; J. R. Getter
Publication Year: 1975

Cataloging Information

  • Aristida
  • bogs
  • Colorado
  • computer programs
  • ecosystem dynamics
  • flammability
  • fuel appraisal
  • GIS - geographic information system
  • GPS - global positioning system
  • land management
  • land use planning
  • Pinus contorta
  • Pinus ponderosa
  • Pseudotsuga menziesii
  • remote sensing
  • riparian habitats
  • soils
  • topography
  • vegetation surveys
  • wildfires
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Expanding wildfire hazard mapping needs are satisfied by modification of the U.S. Forest Service's TOPOGO computer program to produce a versatile and flexible system called TOPOMAP. Full-sized pen plots of critical slope and aspect combinations can be generated in several colors to overlay USGS 7.5-minute quadrangle maps. Time and cost studies demonstrate accuracy, timeliness, flexibility, standardization, and cost advantages of a 2.5-acre computer approach versus the existing manual system. Tests with the a 5-acre cellular system show economyis achieved at the cost of less accuracy than the manual system. A common state natural resource inventory data system is needed, as well as an automated information systemfor keeping the inventory updated. Inventory and benchmark data requirements of such a system are identified.

Tom, C., and J. R. Getter. 1975. Computer mapping of wildfire hazard areas: A user oriented case study. Fort Collins, CO, Colorado State University.