The Wildland Fire Trends Tool: A web-based data visualization tool for displaying wildlife trend and patterns in the western United States
Speaker: Douglas J. Shinneman, PhD, Research Ecologist, USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center
Accurately assessing recent and historical wildfire activity is critical for numerous agencies who manage fire-prone landscapes. The Wildland Fire Trends Tool (WFTT) is a data visualization and analysis tool that calculates and displays wildfire trends and patterns for the western U.S. based on user-selected regions of interest, time periods, and ecosystem types. For instance, users can determine whether the area burned by wildfire is increasing or decreasing over time for a specific ecoregion or for land ownership types of interest. The tool is available via a web application and generates a variety of maps, graphs, and tabular data that provide useful information for fire science and management objectives, as well as for the interested public.