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Advancing Fire Science with Large Forest Plots and a Long-Term Multidisciplinary Approach

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S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources, Utah State University, Logan, UT 84322, USA
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W.A. Franke College of Forestry & Conservation, University of Montana, Missoula, MT 59812, USA
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School of the Environment, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164, USA
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Received: 15 December 2017 / Revised: 21 January 2018 / Accepted: 30 January 2018 / Published: 1 February 2018
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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. View Full-Text
Keywords: large forest plots; fire severity; Smithsonian ForestGEO; Yosemite Forest Dynamics Plot large forest plots; fire severity; Smithsonian ForestGEO; Yosemite Forest Dynamics Plot
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Lutz, J.A.; Larson, A.J.; Swanson, M.E. Advancing Fire Science with Large Forest Plots and a Long-Term Multidisciplinary Approach. Fire 2018, 1, 5.

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