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User Guide to Temporal Changes in LANDFIRE Vegetation, Fuel, and Fire Regime Products: Webinar

User Guide to Temporal Changes in LANDFIRE Vegetation, Fuel, and Fire Regime Products

April 26, 2016 @ 12 PM PST

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LANDFIRE produces a comprehensive, consistent, scientifically based suite of spatial layers and databases for the entire United States and territories. In 2009 the first wall to wall National data set was delivered for the fifty United States.  Since this accomplishment, LANDFIRE has released a number of updates to the base data with the most recent release of the LANDFIRE 2012 data set. Each update has accounted for changes to vegetated landscapes due to disturbances (fire, human, weather, insects, and disease). Characteristics of and changes to the vegetated landscape are translated directly into LANDFIRE products used for fire behavior, fire effects, and fire regime modeling.

This presentation will outline the chronology of processes and datasets used to implement the various updates to LANDFIRE vegetation products including yearly disturbance mapping, creation of vegetation transition databases and the transition modeling process, and mapping of land change. In addition, vegetation change resulting from these updates manifests itself in updated fire behavior products, including maps portraying fire behavior fuel models and canopy characteristics. They also manifest themselves in updated fire regime products including maps portraying succession class and vegetation departure and condition class.

About the presenter:

Donald Long

Donald Long

Donald Long is a fire ecologist at the Fire Sciences Laboratory of the Rocky Mountain Research Station in Missoula, MT. He works for the Fire Modeling Institute (FMI) within the Fire, Fuels, and Smoke Program. He earned a B.S. degree in forest science from the University of Montana in 1981 and completed a M.S. in forest resources at the University of Idaho in 1998. Don began his work at the Fire Sciences Laboratory in 1994. In 2003, Don began working with the LANDFIRE Project, coordinating succession model development and application for the LANDFIRE Prototype project. After this phase of LANDFIRE, he coordinated vegetation map unit development, vegetation mapping analysis, and other facets of the LANDFIRE National project. Currently, he is the Forest Service science lead for the LANDFIRE Program, and is focused on continually updating and improving LANDFIRE data.  

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