October 2013 Newsletter
In This Issue
MTBS announces data updates
Monitoring Trends in Burn
Severity (MTBS) is a multi-year project designed to consistently map the burn severity and perimeters of fires across all lands of the United States from 1984 and beyond. Data are used to help identify national trends in burn severity and provide information to help monitor the effectiveness of the National Fire Plan and Healthy Forests Restoration Act.
Project updates include:
Read more about these MTBS updates
Data Now Available as Web Map Service: Fire occurrence points, burn area boundaries, and burn severity data of the entire MTBS data record. View MTBS National Geospatial Data webpage
2011 Data Now Available: 2011 MTBS data and products for over 1700 fires
MTBS Data Record Updated: All new and revised data have been added and updated to the entire MTBS data record (1984-2010)
JFSP opens 2014 research funding opportunity
The Joint Fire Science Program has opened the 2014 research funding opportunity, which addresses the four categories below. The deadline for proposals is December 11, 2013, 5pm MST.
Primary Solicitation with 7 Opportunities:
New Science Initiative - Social Science:
Fuels treatment effectiveness across landscapes
Influence of past wildfires on wildfire behavior, effects and management
Contribution of smoke emissions to secondary organic aerosols
Effects of smoke from wildland fires on human health in urban centers
Compatibility of fire and fuel treatments with threatened and endangered bats
Effects of wildfire on water
Fire weather data resolution
Two areas of interest - Fire-adapted Communities and Risk Perception
The Graduate Research Innovation Award (GRIN): Current Masters and Doctorate graduate students enrolled in U.S. colleges or universities in the fields of wildland fire and related human dimensions and ecological sciences are invited to apply.
Knowledge Exchange Consortia Pre-Proposals: Soliciting pre-proposals to support two new consortia of fire science providers and managers to enhance the exchange and adoption of fire science: Northeast and mid-Atlantic region, and Washington, DC (focused on the policy-making community rather than field practitioners).
NRFSN research needs survey results
In September 2013, the Northern Rockies Fire Science Network conducted an online survey of research needs, priority topics for science dissemination, and priority ecosystems. Sixty-four managers (USFS, NPS, BLM, BIA, FWS, MT DNRC, private) and 17 researchers (USFS, USGS, University) who work in the Northern Rockies told us the following (click image to view graph):
For both managers and researchers, priority topics for research and science dissemination are: ecological fire effects, fire history/fire regime, and climate-fire dynamics.
Researchers ranked the following research needs higher than did managers: climate-fire dynamics, geospatial fire analysis, weather data/prediction, and 1st order fire effects.
Among managers, fire specialists and line officers ranked the following research needs higher than did other disciplinary specialists: public communication/education, weather data/prediction, fire technology, and fire behavior prediction/modeling. However, other specialists requested more science dissemination on post-fire restoration.
Priority ecosystems for science dissemination are Douglas-fir dry mixed conifer, Douglas-fir mesic mixed conifer, and lodgepole pine.
The NRFSN has forwarded information on the three top future research needs to the JFSP. We will use the feedback on priority topics for science dissemination and priority ecosystems as we compile relevant resources and develop NRFSN activities (e.g., fieldtrips, workshops, webinars, and syntheses).
Human Factors and Risk Management RD&A -- At a glance
The Human Factors & Risk Management Research Development and Application (HFRM RD&A) is a partner with the Northern Rockies Fire Science Network. The HFRM RD&A was created in 2009 as a partnership between the USDA Forest Service’s Office of Fire and Aviation Management, Office of Safety and Occupational Health, and Rocky Mountain Research Station with a mission of simultaneously advancing the theory and practice of risk management to improve individual and organizational health, safety, and performance. Long-term expected outcomes include a reduced number of employee accidents and casualties, as well as improved resiliency and reliability of employees and operations.
The HFRM RD&A accomplishes these goals by integrating knowledge from a variety of social science disciplines, conducting studies, and linking managers with science relevant to individual and organizational health, safety, and performance. The RD&A also advances training and leadership development programs and opportunities for agency personnel to promote these goals.
For more information, visit HFRM RD&A
UI and UM programs receive AFE academic certification
Two partnering institutions with the Northern Rockies FIre Science Network, the University of Idaho and University of Montana, recently received academic certification by the Association of Fire Ecology (AFE) for their wildland fire science programs. The AFE has this to say about the certification program: "The complexity and importance of wildland fire science, management, and decision-making is at an all-time high across our Nation and worldwide. To meet current and future challenges of workforce development, analysis, and sound decision-making, AFE has developed a process for recognizing academic programs which prepare future fire professionals. Our overarching goal is to support fire ecology and ecologically-based fire management while advancing fire science and its application.
Find out more about the UI and UM programs: