The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) is working to understand the needs of the end-user community and identify how remotely sensed data is used. This survey is part of an ongoing, multi-faceted effort to engage with the end-user community. These survey results—along with additional data collection efforts—will be used to inform the development of the next generation of weather and environmental satellites.Continue Reading
This page features regionally relevant fire science news, publications, and resources. You can search for even more fire science publications in the SFE Regional Fire Science Publication Database (RFSPD).
LANDFIRE is looking for data to help update and improve our existing vegetation and wildland fuel products.
The primary focus of this data call is to collect FY 2020 disturbance and treatment activities. Disturbance and treatment data from 2017-2019 that were not previously submitted to LANDFIRE or other National Authoritative databases, are also welcome. The secondary focus is to collect both vegetation/fuel plot data and invasive species polygons or plots.
The data submission deadline is November 30, 2020. Please make every effort to submit your data by November 30, as LANDFIRE is relying heavily on user contributed data for this update. LANDFIRE is transitioning back to an update schedule after being focused on LF 2016 Remap. LANDFIRE is asking for data to be submitted earlier than in the past to help facilitate the production of annually updated products with a goal of data release before June of each year. This transition may take a couple of years to reach recognizing that several disturbance years (2017-2020) need to be cataloged and processed. For additional information visit https://www.landfire.gov/participate_refdata.php.Continue Reading
A draft of South Atlantic Blueprint 2020 is nearly ready for review. Those interested can register to join a 1-hour virtual workshop to review the draft priorities. Each workshop will focus on a specific subregion of the South Atlantic. Those interested in reviewing the entire South Atlantic geography should choose one of the “landscapes” workshops. Each subregion or region will be covered in at least two workshops in an effort to accommodate different schedules. Those with questions can email firstname.lastname@example.org.Continue Reading
SCOPE (Science Communication Online Programme) is an introduction to effective science communication designed for STEM graduate students. This NSF-funded resource is free and created for those who don’t have access to live, in-person science communication training. The course is asynchronous with recorded videos, discussion boards, peer-feedback, and reading assignments. Each week of the program a new module opens, requiring approximately 2 hours to complete.
Those interested should sign up on the registration page to be added to the list the next time the course is offered. The next offering is currently schedule to launch at the end of August 2020.Continue Reading
A new General Technical Report (GTR) from the US Forest Service Southern Research Station (GTR SRS-249) discusses the 2016 wildfire year in the Southern Appalachians as well as the current prescribed fire situation within the region and forecast fire activity for the region through 2060. Download and read the full GTR here (pdf) or access the USFS SRS source page.
The USFS SRS-249 abstract:
From October to December of 2016, a confluence of human and environmental factors led to an outbreak of wildfires across the Southern Appalachian Mountains. This report examines the time trends of fire in the Southern Appalachian region, including mitigation activities and forecasting acres burned. The introduction (ch. 1) of this report describes the 2016 Southern Appalachian fires on public lands and provides a brief description of the methodology used to understand economic impacts of fire. Chapters 2 and 3 examine how prescribed fire is used in this region. The final chapter (ch. 4) describes how we can expect area burned by both human- and lightning-caused fires to change given increases in global temperatures, fuels, and wildland fire management.
The American Geophysical Union has opened a new special collection, Fire in the Earth System across 10 of its journals. Manuscripts will be accepted until May 2021 to allow the inclusion of findings from the 2020 (northern-hemisphere summer) and 2020–21 (southern hemisphere summer) fire seasons.Continue Reading
The open-access MDPI journal Remote Sensing is seeking submissions for an upcoming special issue titled “Fires on Forest Environments”. Manuscript submissions are due October 31, 2020.
From the call for papers:
The increase frequency and damage that fires cause in natural ecosystem is becoming a global fingerprint of climate change. Recent fires in California, Europe and the Amazon basin are a clear example of the need for accurate monitoring and assessment of conditions of fires and the conditions that can cause then, respectively. In this special issue, we would like to explore the role of fires and its monitoring and assessment via remote sensing technologies. We invite those researchers interested on the topics above to submit their contributions. As climate change becomes more predominant, and ecosystems become more responsive to natural and human induced fires, there is a pressing need to build consensus and knowledge base on fire remote-sensing topics. Therefore, regular, methods and synthesis papers are invited.
Prof. Arturo Sanchez-Azofeifa
Dr. Joanne Nightingale
The recently published volume 16 of the open access journal Fire Ecology includes several peer-reviewed research articles relevant to the fire management and research communities in the South. Remember: open access publications allow for free access to the materials without access or subscription charges. Here are some of the most recent articles that you may find interesting:
- Prescribed fire science: the case for a refined research agenda
- Effects of frequent fire and mowing on resprouting shrubs of Florida scrub, USA
- The effect of scale in quantifying fire impacts on species habitats
- Radiant heating rapidly increases litter flammability through impacts on fuel moisture
- The influence of repeated prescribed fire on decomposition and nutrient release in uneven-aged loblolly–shortleaf pine stands
- Factors influencing the persistence of reindeer lichens (Cladonia subgenus Cladina) within frequent-fire environments of the Mid-Atlantic Coastal Plain, USA
This revision updates the information for ground ignition equipment standards, including additional details for new equipment and manufacturer points of contact. Its use applies to wildland and prescribed fire operations by federal, state, and local agencies.
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