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May 14 2013 | 1:00 - 2:00pm MDT

Webinars, Seminars and Presentations


Brenna MacDowell

Dr. Matt Reeves will present a webinar on a satellite based fuel updating protocol for estimating surface Fire Behavior Fuel Models for U.S. rangelands. Current fire behavior and decision support systems such as Wildand Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS) and Rapid Assessment of Values at risk (RAVAR) require up-to-date spatial data depicting the amount and condition of fuels across the landscape. With so many lives, properties and resources at risk, updated, timely and accurate estimates of of non-forest fuels is a critical component of fire management today. Wildland fuels in arid regions of the U.S. respond quickly to inter-annual variations in vegetation productivity, especially when annual invasive species such as cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum) and red brome (Bromus rubens) are present. Currently no system exists which seamlessly and comprehensively provides updated data for all non-forest fuels. Therefore, an annual monitoring and updating strategy is needed that will deliver spatially explicit depictions of surface fuels in a continuous and comprehensive manner. This webinar was hosted by the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center, the Joint Fire Science Program, and the International Association of Wildland Fire.