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Apr 4 - 7 2017 AKDT

Workshops, Trainings and Fieldtrips


Alison York


University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks, AK

Remote Sensing Workshop Proceedings Final Report

Report from the three-day Remote Sensing workshop held at the University of Alaska Fairbanks from April 4-6, 2017. The interagency, international workshop was hosted by the Alaska Fire Science Consortium (AFSC) with funding from the NASA Applied Sciences Program to bring sciences users and producers together to explore new opportunities for applied remote sensing research in boreal and arctic fire management.


What we hope to get out of this workshop Randi Jandt

Overview: Current Uses of Remote Sensing for Wildland Fire in High Latitudes Jenn Jenkins, Randi Jandt, Robert Ziel

Keynote presentations:

A View from the Bridge: Why Alaska’s Management Agencies Need Science Bud Cribley

Remote Sensing Support to Interagency Fire Management Everett Hinkley

Introduction to the State of the Science:

Short-term Prediction Research and Transition (SPoRT) Center Datasets and Products for Wildland Fire Potential and Prediction Anita LeRoy

S-NPP/VIIRS and Landsat-8/OLI global active fire data sets Wilfrid Schroeder

Use of New NASA Technologies for Pre-, Active, and Post-Fire Applications E. Natasha Stavros

Warts and All: The Current State of the University of Alaska’s Near Real Time Satellite Imagery and Derived Products Available to the Alaska Wildland Fire Community Eric Stevens

Potential fire risk:

Can remotely sensed data (e.g., daily snow extent, others) estimate spring soil moisture and surface and subsurface fuel moisture and fuel conditions, and thus provide critical inputs for fuel moisture indices used to predict fire danger and risk?

Assessing Fuel Moisture in Boreal and Arctic Ecosystems with Active and Passive Microwave Satellite Imagery Laura Bourgeau-Chavez

An overview of twenty years of research at the Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management, University of New Brunswick, Canada on fuel moisture estimation using optical, thermal infrared and radar remote sensing in boreal forests in Alberta, the Northwest Territories, and Alaska Brigitte LeBlon

LANDFIRE Remap: opportunities for incorporating new remotely sensed data into vegetation and fuels characterization across Alaska Kurtis Nelson

NASA Precipitation Datasets for High-Latitude Applications George J. Huffman

Improving fuel characterization and maps useful for emissions modeling Nancy French

Improving Remote Sensing Capability for Assessing Wildfire Effects in North American Boreal Peatlands Laura Bourgeau-Chavez

Hydrological and phenological monitoring of wildfire potential in boreal and taiga wetlands: remote sensing approaches Dan Thompson

Panel on Potential Fire Risk: moderated discussion of how to advance capabilities to estimate conditions associated with high fire danger. Moderator: Robert Ziel. Managers: Kristi Bulock, Jay Wattenbarger, Larry Weddle. Researchers: Dan Thompson, Laura Bourgeau-Chavez, Brigitte Leblon

Near Real-Time Fire Behavior:

Which remotely sensed data are best and most timely for fire detection, plume tracking of fire emissions, fire behavior modeling, mapping of flaming fronts, fire intensity, active fire perimeters, and response for ongoing fires?

Keynote on near real time fire behavior Robert Ziel

Challenges and Opportunities: Using the University of Alaska’s Near Real Time Satellite Imagery to Support Alaska Wildland Fire Community Eric Stevens

VIIRS Imagery Applications for Fire Weather Monitoring Curtis Seaman

Improved operational approaches to high and low-intensity fire detection in Alaska using the VIIRS I-band Fire Detection Algorithm for High Latitudes (VIFDAHL) Chris Waigl

Near real-time estimation of burned area in boreal forest using VIIRS 375 m active fire product Patricia Oliva

High-Resolution Rapid Refresh with Smoke (HRRR-smoke) modeling system for experimental smoke forecast guidance Eric James

Verification of the Experimental High Resolution Rapid Refresh in Alaska using the USArray Transportable Array Network Taylor McCorkle

Applications of Chinese FY series meteorological satellites in boreal forest fire management Fengjun Zhao

Panel Discussion on Near Real-Time Fire Behavior: moderated discussion of how to advance capabilities in active fire applications Moderator: Jenn Jenkins. Managers: Mike Butteri, Eric Miller, Kent Slaughter. Researchers: Evan Ellicott, Tom Heinrichs, Chris Waigl

Post-fire effects:

Can we improve analytical methods for remotely sensed data to assess fire severity, consumption/CO2 balance, active-layer changes, and successional trajectories of high latitude vegetation communities?

Rapid response tools and datasets for post-fire modeling in Boreal and Arctic Environments Mary Ellen Miller

Evaluating characterization of fire extent and fire spread in boreal and tundra fires of North America from coarse and moderate resolution MODIS and VIIRS data Tatiana Loboda

High resolution carbon emissions estimates from boreal fires Sander Veraverbeke, Elizabeth Wiggins

Improving remotely sensed multispectral estimations of burn severity in western boreal forests Ellen Whitman

Assessing Boreal Forest Burn Severity using UAS-based Photogrammetric Mapping Jurjen van der Sluijs

Post-fire vegetation index recovery patterns in the taiga-steppe ecotone of southern Siberia Kirsten Barrett

Spatial, temporal, and ecological trends in repeat fires within Alaska, 1940-2016 Rachel Loehman

An Investigation of Impacts of Large Wildland Fires on Land Surface Properties in Alaska by Combining Satellite Remote Sensing and In-situ Measurements Yongqiang Liu

Panel Discussion on Post-Fire Effects: moderated discussion of how to advance capabilities to assess post-fire conditions Moderator: Rachel Loehman. Managers: Lisa Saperstein, Eric Miller, Jennifer Hrobak. Researchers: Tatiana Loboda, Sander Veraverbeke, Elizabeth Hoy


Can we leverage other data collection and analysis efforts to advance our objectives?

An Overview of the 2017 Airborne Campaign for NASA’s Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) Elizabeth Hoy

A USFS-NASA partnership to leverage advanced remote sensing technologies for forest inventory Hans-Erik Andersen

Introduction to Alaska Fire Management:

Fire in Alaska: An Operational Perspective Heidi Strader, Randi Jandt, Jenn Jenkins, Alison York, Robert (Zeke) Ziel