Monitoring Change

ForWarn

Overview and Applicability

ForWarn is a satellite-based monitoring and assessment tool that provides an overview of potential forest disturbances.  ForWarn produces national maps (lower 48 states) every eight days, using NASA MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) satellite imagery to recognize and track changes in vegetation health and condition.  Current satellite "greenness" is compared with expected or maximum greenness seen over a historical baseline period.

Screenshot of Forwarn Tool
Summary: 

ForWarn is a satellite-based monitoring and assessment tool that provides an overview of potential forest disturbances for the conterminous U.S.

NorWeST Stream Temperature

Overview & Applicability

Significant amounts of stream temperature data have been collected during the last two decades, but strategic coordination of these collection efforts within and among agencies has been lacking. The NorWeST project has aggregated steam temperature data from the Northwestern U.S. into a publicly available database and also uses the data to develop stream temperature models. The models are used to create a consistent set of historic and future temperature scenarios for all 500,000 stream kilometers across the project area (ID, MT, WY, OR, WA).

NorWeST map
Summary: 

NorWeST aggregates stream temperature data from the Northwestern U.S. into a stream temperature database, and uses the data to develop stream temperature models.

LANDFIRE (Landscape Fire and Resource Management Planning Tools)

Overview & Applicability

LANDFIRE (Landscape Fire and Resource Management Planning Tools) is a vegetation, fire and fuel characteristics mapping program. LANDFIRE data products consist of over 50 spatial data layers including: Existing Vegetation Type, Canopy, and Height; Biophysical Settings; Environmental Site Potential; Fire Behavior Fuel Models; Fire Regime Classes; and Fire Effects layers.

LANDFIRE map of vegetation change
Summary: 

LANDFIRE (Landscape Fire and Resource Management Planning Tools) is a vegetation, fire and fuel characteristics mapping program.

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