FireScape Science Goals
The FireScape Science Working Group provides a science perspective on issues germane to ecosystem ecology and management. The central goals of the Science Working Group are to:
- Provide technical support and scientific data for FireScape planning, public participation, and management; and
- Advance the science of ecosystem management.
- Communicate support and new information to peers.
Science Working Group Objectives
Provide decision support for ecosystem management
- Provide technical support, scientific data, and analyses for program- and project-level planning, exploration of alternatives, public and stakeholder communication, and implementation.
- Collaborate with TEAMS Enterprise and other technical resources toward meeting project objectives.
- Build local capacity for ongoing post-treatment monitoring and adaptive project management.
- Build capacity and models for adaptation of science-informed management model to other areas.
Advance the science of landscape fire and ecosystem fire management.
- Develop a hierarchical Land Type Analysis as a base layer of ecological units/systems.
- Crosswalk Land Type Analysis to fuel models at the landscape scale.
- Understand fire behavior on complex post-fire landscapes, using stochastic simulation modeling of fire behavior and effects.
- Integrate fire history information, field observations, and modeling to assess landscape Fire Return Interval Departure (FRID) from the natural range of variation by vegetation type.
- Apply to desired future condition assessment and Vegetation Dynamics Development Tool (VDDT) analysis.
- Use Fuel Moisture Stress Index (FMSI) to assess fire hazard in relation to current and future climate variability.
- Use Land Types and fire behavior to guide desired future conditions and treatment options.
- Use LiDAR to estimate carbon pools, forest structure and potential crown fire behavior under current and potential future climate.
- Understand the effects of buffelgrass invasion on landscape fire behavior and effects.
3. Communicate with peers.
- Create a record of scientific questions central to landscape fire management to communicate this scientific activity to peers in the research and management communities.