National vegetation mapping for fire applications
Document Type: Conference Paper
Author(s): D. O. Ohlen; D. G. Despain; R. E. Burgan
Editor(s): L. F. Neuenschwander; K. C. Ryan; G. E. Gollberg
Publication Year: 2000

Cataloging Information

  • Abies lasiocarpa
  • aerial photography
  • barrens
  • cover
  • cover type
  • croplands
  • crowns
  • deciduous forests
  • evergreens
  • fire fuels
  • fire intensity
  • fire management
  • fire suppression
  • fuel accumulation
  • fuel inventory
  • GIS
  • grasses
  • grasslands
  • habitat types
  • herbaceous vegetation
  • Idaho
  • JFSP - Joint Fire Science Program
  • land cover
  • land use
  • Landsat
  • leaves
  • mosaic
  • mountains
  • NLCD (National Land Cover Data) SET
  • photography
  • Picea engelmannii
  • Pinus contorta
  • population density
  • precipitation
  • Pseudotsuga menziesii
  • remote sensing
  • remote sensing
  • rocky habitats
  • shrublands
  • smoke management
  • statistical analysis
  • suppression
  • understory vegetation
  • urban habitats
  • wetlands
  • woody plants
  • Wyoming
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Tall Timbers Record Number: 19495
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TTRS Abstract Status: Okay, Fair use, Reproduced by permission

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Fuels maps are a fundamental part of fire management activities such as prescribed fire planning, suppression strategies, smoke management, and fire effects. The constraints imposed by fiscal and human resources make it desirable to have a method that can rapidly and objectively map fuels over very large areas. The Multi-Resolution Land Characteristics Interagency Consortium personnel are producing a 30 meter resolution land cover data set for the conterminous U.S., based on a mosaics of Landsat Thematic Mapper (TM) images of both leaf-on and leaf-off periods. This spatially consistent mapping of the U.S. produces land cover classes that are too broad for any fire fuels mapping effort. The data set does, however, provide a mapping base upon which further land cover definition may be derived. A demonstration centered on the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming, was produced with an unsupervised clustering of the original TM data to create subclass segmentation of representative original land cover classes. The mapping process demonstrated a simple, repeatable, and extendable methodology for extracting subclass spatial patterns of similar vegetation from a National Land Cover Data set. © University of Idaho 2000. Abstract reproduced by permission.

Online Link(s):
Ohlen, D. O., D. G. Despain, and R. E. Burgan. 2000. National vegetation mapping for fire applications, in Neuenschwander, L. F., Ryan, K. C., and Gollberg, G. E., Joint Fire Science Conference and Workshop Proceedings: 'Crossing the Millennium: Integrating Spatial Technologies and Ecological Principles for a New Age in Fire Management'. Boise, Idaho. University of Idaho and the International Association of Wildland Fire,Moscow, ID and Fairfield, WA. Vol. I, p. 205-211,