Methods to Detect Edge Effected Reductions in Fire Frequency in Simulated Forest Landscapes
AbstractReductions in fire frequency (RFF) are known to occur in the area adjacent to the rigid-boundary of simulated forest landscapes. Few studies, however, have removed those edge effected regions (EERs), and many others may, thus, have misinterpreted their simulated forest conditions within those unidentified edges. We developed three methods to detect and remove EERs with RFF and applied them to fire frequency maps of 2900 × 2900 grids developed using between 1000 and 1200 fire-year maps. The three methods employed different approaches: scanning, agglomeration, and division, along with the consensus of two and three of those methods. The detected EERs with RFF ranged in mean width from 5.9 to 17.3 km, and occupied 4.9 to 21.3% of the simulated landscapes. Those values are lower than the 40 km buffer width, which occupied 47.5% of the simulated landscape, used in a previous study in this area that based buffer width on length of the largest fire. The maximum width of the EER covaried with wind predominance, indicating it is not possible to prescribe a standard buffer width for all simulation studies. The three edge detection methods differ in their optimality, with the best results provided by a consensus of the three methods. We suggest that future landscape forest simulation studies should, to ensure their results near the rigid boundary are not misrepresentative, simulate an appropriately enlarged study area and then employ edge detection methods to remove the EERs with RFF. View Full-Text
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Wei, X.; Larsen, C.P.S. Methods to Detect Edge Effected Reductions in Fire Frequency in Simulated Forest Landscapes. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2019, 8, 277.
Wei X, Larsen CPS. Methods to Detect Edge Effected Reductions in Fire Frequency in Simulated Forest Landscapes. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information. 2019; 8(6):277.Chicago/Turabian Style
Wei, Xinyuan; Larsen, Chris P.S. 2019. "Methods to Detect Edge Effected Reductions in Fire Frequency in Simulated Forest Landscapes." ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 8, no. 6: 277.
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