Advancing fire science with large forest plots and a long-term multidisciplinary approach

James A. Lutz, Andrew J. Larson, Mark E. Swanson

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    Abstract

    Large, spatially explicit forest plots have the potential to address currently understudied aspects of fire ecology and management, including the validation of physics-based fire behavior models and next-generation fire effects models. Pre-fire forest structures, fire-mediated mortality, and post-fire forest development can be examined in a spatial context, and value can be added to current multidisciplinary approaches by adding a long-term perspective. Here we propose that the fire science community begin to build a collaborative network of fire-related large forest dynamics plots to examine explicit spatial patterns of surface fuels, tree mortality, and post-fire regeneration throughout ecosystems with frequent-fire forests.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number5
    Pages (from-to)1-7
    Number of pages7
    JournalFire
    Volume1
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jun 2018

    Keywords

    • Fire severity
    • Large forest plots
    • Smithsonian ForestGEO
    • Yosemite Forest Dynamics Plot

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