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Mapping Broad-Area Fire Potential from Digital Fuel, Terrain, and Weather Data

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A combination of Landsat spectral data and digital topography data was used to map National Fire Danger Rating (NFDR) fuel models .for a 400-square-mile area near Missoula, Montana. Six NFDR fuel models were mapped at a resolution of approximately one acre. The overall map accuracy was 73 percent. Final products included fuel model maps and overlays at various scales, and digital data bases for fuel models and topography. The data bases were used with the NFDR computer program to produce a series of energy release component maps depicting changes in fire potential during 1982. The effort has encouraged both the National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management to begin constructing similar data bases for their lands.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Senior Bioscientist in Remote Sensing with Technicolor Graphic Services, Inc., USDI Geological Survey's EROS facility in Anchorage, AK

Publication date: April 1, 1984

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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