Fire Behavior Assessment Team: pre- and post-fire tree data, raw and processed

Metadata:

Identification_Information:
Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: Reiner, Alicia L.
Originator: Ewell, Carol M.
Originator: Fites-Kaufman, Josephine A.
Originator: Dailey, Scott N.
Originator: Noonan-Wright, Erin K.
Originator: Norman, Tiffany P.
Originator: Vaillant, Nicole M.
Originator: Dickinson, Matthew B.
Originator: Morgan, Chelsea
Originator: Courson, Mark
Originator: Campbell, Mike
Publication_Date: 2018
Title:
Fire Behavior Assessment Team: pre- and post-fire tree data, raw and processed
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: spreadsheet
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: Fort Collins, CO
Publisher: Forest Service Research Data Archive
Online_Linkage: https://doi.org/10.2737/RDS-2018-0057
Description:
Abstract:
This data publication contains the raw and processed tree/canopy fuels data pre- and post-fire collected by the Fire Behavior Assessment Team (FBAT) on wildland fires in the United States from 2003-2017. Logistics (proximity to instrumentation/crew members), funding, fire activity, and monitoring questions influenced the geographic regions and fires where sampling was attempted, for instance, fuel treatments recorded in the Forest Service Activity Tracking System (FACTS), as well as tree mortality areas, were each targets for FBAT sampling in the past. FBAT is an interagency group of primarily Forest Service employees with both monitoring and fireline qualifications which collects pre- and post-fire fuels and tree data along with fire behavior measurements on wildland fires. Data include raw tree data (measurements collected from the field), processed data (stand characteristics and canopy fuels variables) computed using the Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS), and key documents pertaining to the methods so that others could replicate or modify data post-processing. The location (GPS) data, surface fuels and fire behavior data are archived separately.
Purpose:
These data are collected by the FBAT team to provide measures of pre-fire fuels/vegetation, active fire behavior (with sensors in the fire), and post-fire fuels/vegetation conditions during wildfires and prescribed fires for improving understanding and tools related to fire behavior and fire effects.
Supplemental_Information:
For more information about FBAT data see: https://www.fs.fed.us/adaptivemanagement/projects_main_fbat.php.

These data were published on 10/03/2018. On 12/03/2020 this data publication was updated to include a supplemental file that provides a diagram of the FBAT plot layout and a brief list of key method changes throughout the years FBAT has taken data to present (2020).
Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Range_of_Dates/Times:
Beginning_Date: 2003
Ending_Date: 2017
Currentness_Reference:
Ground condition
Status:
Progress: Complete
Maintenance_and_Update_Frequency: Irregular
Spatial_Domain:
Description_of_Geographic_Extent:
The data were measured on wildland fires across the United States, mostly in California as well as Montana, Idaho, Arizona, Wyoming and Georgia.
Bounding_Coordinates:
West_Bounding_Coordinate: -127.972202
East_Bounding_Coordinate: -65.258792
North_Bounding_Coordinate: 51.632799
South_Bounding_Coordinate: 22.765684
Keywords:
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: ISO 19115 Topic Category
Theme_Keyword: environment
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: National Research & Development Taxonomy
Theme_Keyword: Ecology, Ecosystems, & Environment
Theme_Keyword: Fire
Theme_Keyword: Fire ecology
Theme_Keyword: Fire effects on environment
Theme_Keyword: Inventory, Monitoring, & Analysis
Theme_Keyword: Fire
Theme_Keyword: Fire ecology
Theme_Keyword: Inventory, Monitoring, & Analysis
Theme_Keyword: Natural Resource Management & Use
Theme_Keyword: Forest management
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: None
Theme_Keyword: fuels
Theme_Keyword: canopy fuels
Theme_Keyword: stand characteristics
Theme_Keyword: tree
Theme_Keyword: fire severity
Theme_Keyword: Joint Fire Science Program
Theme_Keyword: JFSP
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus: None
Place_Keyword: United States
Place_Keyword: California
Place_Keyword: Montana
Place_Keyword: Idaho
Place_Keyword: Arizona
Place_Keyword: Wyoming
Place_Keyword: Georgia
Access_Constraints: None
Use_Constraints:
These data were collected using funding from the U.S. Government and can be used without additional permissions or fees. If you use these data in a publication, presentation, or other research product please use the following citation:

Reiner, Alicia L.; Ewell, Carol M.; Fites-Kaufman, Josephine A.; Dailey, Scott N.; Noonan-Wright, Erin K.; Norman, Tiffany P.; Vaillant, Nicole M.; Dickinson, Matthew B.; Morgan, Chelsea; Courson, Mark; Campbell, Mike. 2018. Fire Behavior Assessment Team: pre- and post-fire tree data, raw and processed. Fort Collins, CO: Forest Service Research Data Archive. https://doi.org/10.2737/RDS-2018-0057
Point_of_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization: USDA Forest Service, Washington Office Business Operations
Contact_Person: Alicia Reiner
Contact_Position: Fire Ecologist
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical
Address: 1600 Pisgah Highway
City: Pisgah Forest
State_or_Province: NC
Postal_Code: 28768
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 530-559-4860
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: alreiner@fs.fed.us
Data_Set_Credit:
Funding for this project has been provided in the past by various intermittent sources including the Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) Project # 01C-2-1-08, USDA Forest Service Washington Office Fire and Aviation Management (WO-FAM), Pacific Southwest Region, Stanislaus National Forest, Sequoia National Forest, and Northern Research Station (NRS).

Many individuals from a variety of organizations assisted in the development of this dataset. Please see the acknowledgements sections of the past reports noted on the FBAT website: https://www.fs.fed.us/adaptivemanagement/projects_main_fbat.php
Cross_Reference:
Citation_Information:
Originator: Reiner, Alicia L.
Originator: Ewell, Carol M.
Originator: Fites-Kaufman, Josephine A.
Originator: Dailey, Scott N.
Originator: Noonan-Wright, Erin K.
Originator: Norman, Tiffany P.
Originator: Vaillant, Nicole M.
Originator: Dickinson, Matthew B.
Originator: Morgan, Chelsea
Originator: Courson, Mark
Originator: Campbell, Mike
Publication_Date: 2018
Title:
Fire Behavior Assessment Team: plot location data
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: vector digital data
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: Fort Collins, CO
Publisher: Forest Service Research Data Archive
Online_Linkage: https://doi.org/10.2737/RDS-2018-0056
Analytical_Tool:
Analytical_Tool_Description:
The Forest Vegetation Simulator program (FVS, Crookston and Dixon 2005) and its Fire and Fuels Extension (FFE-FVS, Rebain 2010) were used to calculate canopy bulk density, canopy base height, tree density, basal area and other variables of interest for both pre- and post-fire. FVS/FFE-FVS is stand level growth and yield program used throughout the United States. The ArcFuels toolbar for ArcGIS (Vaillant et al. 2013) was used to run FVS. The latest version of the ArcFuels AddIn (version 10 1.2.09 released April 22, 2016) was used to process more recent data and is included in this data download. It should be compatible with ArcMap 10.2, 10.3, 10.4, 10.5 and Microsoft Windows 7, 8 and 10. Nicole Vaillant (nvaillant@fs.fed.us) or Alan Ager (aager@fs.fed.us) are the ArcFuels contacts as of the publication of this metadata.

Crookston, Nicholas L.; Dixon, Gary E. 2005. The Forest Vegetation Simulator: A review of its structure, content, and applications. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture. 49(1): 60-80. https://www.fs.usda.gov/treesearch/pubs/28474 or https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compag.2005.02.003

Rebain, Stephanie A. comp. 2010 (revised March 23, 2015). The Fire and Fuels Extension to the Forest Vegetation Simulator: Updated model documentation. Internal Rep. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Management Service Center. 403 p. https://www.fs.fed.us/fmsc/ftp/fvs/docs/gtr/FFEguide.pdf

Vaillant, Nicole M.; Ager, Alan A.; Anderson, John. 2013. ArcFuels10 system overview. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-875. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 65 p. https://www.fs.usda.gov/treesearch/pubs/43065 or https://doi.org/10.2737/PNW-GTR-875
Tool_Access_Information:
Online_Linkage: https://www.firelab.org/project/arcfuels
Online_Linkage: https://www.fs.fed.us/fvs/
Tool_Access_Instructions:
See website (https://www.fs.fed.us/fvs/) and \Supplements\FVS_ArcFuels\ArcFuels_FVS_HowTo_AR_22May2017.pdf for more details on how to run FVS for the tree data in ArcFuels.
Tool_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Alan Agar
Contact_Organization: USDA Forest Service
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical
Address: 72510 Coyote Road
City: Pendleton
State_or_Province: OR
Postal_Code: 97801
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 541-696-8683
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: aager@fs.fed.us
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Data_Quality_Information:
Attribute_Accuracy:
Attribute_Accuracy_Report:
Tree diameter at breast height was generally measured to the nearest tenth-inch (and to the nearest inch in later years) and tree heights as well as height to live crown were generally measured to the nearest foot (or nearest meter in earliest years, i.e. prior to 2014). Percent scorch and torch were ocular estimates. Height of char on bole was obtained using a variety of methods from ocular to laser depending on height of char.

Accuracy of other data is unknown.
Logical_Consistency_Report:
not applicable
Completeness_Report:
Note that in earlier years, and on a few fires in later years, tree measurements were not taken post-fire, so these data may not be available in this package. Reasons for not remeasuring trees post-fire probably included: lack of time or funding, lack of access to the plots post-fire, plots did not burn, or surface fire only leaving no real change in trees and no need to remeasure them.

All available data are provided. There are missing data, reasons unknown.
Lineage:
Methodology:
Methodology_Type: Field
Methodology_Description:
Variable radius sub-plots were used to characterize crown fuels and overstory vegetation structure. A relaskop (slope-correcting tree prism) was used to create nested plots for both pole (> 1 to 5.9 in diameter at breast height (DBH)) and overstory (> 6 in DBH) trees. A basal area prism factor was selected to best include a target of between 8 and 12 trees for each size classification (if the site contained multiple size classes). Tree species, status (alive or dead), DBH, height, canopy base height, and crown classification (dominant, co-dominant, intermediate or suppressed), and injury/damage codes were collected for each tree before the fire. Tree height measurements were completed with a laser rangefinder; DBH was measured with a diameter tape.

Post-fire bole char, crown scorch and torch heights and percentages were recorded for each tree. Trees were assumed to be alive if any green needles were present. Changes in canopy base height were estimated from heights of scorch and torch on tree branches, or if necessary from percent of scorch rather than the maximum heights because uneven scorch values occurred at times.

The Forest Vegetation Simulator program (FVS, Crookston and Dixon 2005) and its Fire and Fuels Extension (FFE-FVS, Rebain 2010) was used to calculate canopy bulk density, canopy base height, tree density, basal area and other variables of interest both pre- and post-fire. FVS/FFE-FVS is stand level growth and yield program used throughout the United States. The ArcFuels tool bar for ArcGIS (Vaillant et al. 2013) was used to run FVS.

Instructions on how FVS was run using the ArcFuels toolbar is included (\Supplements\FVS_ArcFuels\ArcFuels_FVS_HowTo_AR_22May2017.pdf) in this data package as well as the needed templates (\Supplements\FVS_ArcFuels\*). The FVS variant used was chosen based on which variant the plot locations fell. The FVS keyword files that calculate BA by species were also included, and they vary based on the location and species present for the plots. Most plots which fell in California were processed with the keyword file that included Sierra Nevada tree species, BA_Species_WS.kcp.

In the files denoted as “Raw tree data” in the index, the data as measured from the field are in the “original” sheet, and data formatted for FVS is in the “Tree” sheet. Note that tree char/scorch measurements are only in the raw data.

See \Supplements\FBAT_file-level_additional_info_trees.pdf for additional notes or comments pertaining to each individual fire, including any caveats.

Note that in earlier years, and on a few fires in later years, tree measurements were not taken post-fire, so these data may not be available in this package. Reasons for not remeasuring trees post-fire probably included: lack of time or funding, lack of access to the plots post-fire, plots did not burn, or surface fire only leaving no real change in trees and no need to remeasure them.

Note that in earlier years, tree data were post-processed using other methods (California Forest Improvement Program [CFIP], http://calfire.ca.gov/resource_mgt/resource_mgt_forestryassistance_cfip), so canopy fuels and stand characteristics in reports could be slightly different than those in this database.
Methodology_Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: Crookston, Nicholas L.
Originator: Dixon, Gary E.
Publication_Date: 2005
Title:
The Forest Vegetation Simulator: A review of its structure, content, and applications
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: journal article
Series_Information:
Series_Name: Computers and Electronics in Agriculture
Issue_Identification: 49(1): 60-80
Online_Linkage: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compag.2005.02.003
Online_Linkage: https://www.fs.usda.gov/treesearch/pubs/28474
Methodology_Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: Rebain, Stephanie A. comp.
Publication_Date: 2010
Title:
The Fire and Fuels Extension to the Forest Vegetation Simulator: updated model documentation
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: document
Series_Information:
Series_Name: Internal Report
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: Fort Collins, CO
Publisher: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Management Service Center
Other_Citation_Details:
revised March 23, 2015; 403 p.
Online_Linkage: https://www.fs.fed.us/fmsc/ftp/fvs/docs/gtr/FFEguide.pdf
Methodology_Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: USDA Forest Service, Forest Management
Publication_Date: unpublished
Title:
The Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS)
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: software
Online_Linkage: https://www.fs.fed.us/fvs/
Methodology_Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: Vaillant, Nicole M.
Originator: Ager, Alan A.
Originator: Anderson, John
Publication_Date: 2013
Title:
ArcFuels10 system overview
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: document
Series_Information:
Series_Name: General Technical Report
Issue_Identification: NW-GTR-875
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: Portland, OR
Publisher: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station
Other_Citation_Details:
65 p.
Online_Linkage: https://doi.org/10.2737/PNW-GTR-875
Online_Linkage: https://www.fs.usda.gov/treesearch/pubs/43065
Methodology_Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: USDA Forest Service
Publication_Date: Unpublished material
Title:
ArcFuels10
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: software
Online_Linkage: https://www.firelab.org/project/arcfuels
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
See Methods section
Process_Date: Unknown
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Entity_and_Attribute_Information:
Overview_Description:
Entity_and_Attribute_Overview:
Below is a complete description of the files included in this publication. See \Data\Tree_Variable_Descriptions.xlsx for a list and complete description of the variables included in these various files.

*Please note that FBAT was using ArcFuels to obtain stand and canopy fuels characteristics from FVS, and this is only a small portion of the functionality of FVS, therefore many of the variables in FVS database templates, particularly in the Stand_Init worksheet, do not apply and are not clearly defined in this metadata. Please see the FVS documentation (https://www.fs.fed.us/fvs/), “Essential FVS” for further definitions.


\Data\YYYY_*LOCATION*\trees\FVS_output_*LOCATION*.xlsx
Microsoft Excel open XML spreadsheet file containing Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS) output. (YYYY = year and *LOCATION* = Blackmountain, Blackerby).

Variables include:

Fire = Fire name

Status = Mortality status - live or dead

Plot ID = Plot number

CANOPY (%) = Canopy cover (percent)

Height (m) = Total canopy height (meters)

CBH (m) = Canopy base height (meters)

CBD (kg/m3) = Canopy bulk density (kilograms per meter-cubed)

Density (TPHa) = Density of trees (trees per hectare)

BA = Basal area (squared feet/acre)

QMD (cm) = Quadratic mean diameter (centimeters)


\Data\YYYY_*LOCATION*\trees\!FBAT_Trees_*LOCATION*_Rawdata.xlsx
Microsoft Excel open XML spreadsheet file containing raw tree data. (YYYY = year and *LOCATION* = Crag, BarOrleans, Ralston, Warm, Antelope, Sweatfarm, Clover, Lion, Aspen, Rim, Beaver, French, King, Rough, Willow, Cedar, Tatanka, Pier, Schaeffer). This file contains multiple worksheets. The “Notes” or “Readme” worksheet contains notes specific to version updates made to the worksheet. Raw tree data are in the “original” sheet, data formatted for FVS are in the “Tree” sheet. Some files also include a “values_pasted” worksheet which contain values, not formulas, from the “tree sheet” for easier copying into the access database template.

Variables include:

Fire = Fire name

PlotNr = Plot number

Date = Date plot measured

PRE/POST = Pre- or post-fire

TreeID = Consecutive tree numbering

BAF (Factor) = Basal Area Factor used for variable-radius plot

Species = Species of tree

approx. distance (m) = Approximate distance from tree to plot center for re-finding tree for post-fire measurements (meters)

azimuth = Azimuth to tree from plot center for re-finding tree for post-fire measurements

Status (L/D) = Mortality status - live (L) or dead (D). If all needles were scorched, tree was considered dead although it could be
alive as determined in the future

Crown Pos./Snag Cl = Crown position or Snag class

Dbh (in) = Diameter at breast height (inches)

Height (ft) = Total tree height (feet)

HLC (ft) = Height to live crown (feet)
Max Char (ft) = Maximum bole char height (feet)

Max Scorch (ft) = Maximum scorch height (canopy needles/leaves turned yellow due to heating) (feet)

% Scorch = Ocular estimate of canopy scorched (percent)

Max Torch Ht (ft) = Maximum torch height (canopy consumed) (feet)

%Torch = Ocular estimate of canopy torched (percent)

Notes = Notes

CR = Crown ratio - please see FVS documentation

StandID = ID used by ArcFuels

HISTORY = Mortality code 1-6 used by FVS

COUNT = Number of trees represented by record - please see FVS documentation


\Data\YYYY_*LOCATION*\trees\*.kcp
FVS keyword file used to rerun data for which non-FVS methods were used to calculate canopy fuels. (YYYY = year and *LOCATION* = Crag, BarOrleans, Ralston, Warm, Antelope, Sweatfarm, Aspen, Rim, Beaver, French, Pier, Schaeffer)


\Data\YYYY_*LOCATION*\trees\*LOCATION*_FVS_Compute.xlsx
Microsoft Excel open XML spreadsheet file containing FVS output. (YYYY = year and *LOCATION* = Crag, BarOrleans, Ralston, Warm, Antelope, Sweatfarm, Clover, Lion, Aspen, Rim, Beaver, French, King, Rough, Willow, Cedar, Tatanka, Pier, Schaeffer) - NOTE: For *LOCATION* = Pier there is both a PRE and POST file, and for Cedar there are files for “red is dead” and “red is live”.

Variables include:

CaseID = ID used by FVS

StandID = ID used by FVS

Year = Year of fire

SEV_FL = flame length, severe condition (feet)

MOD_FL = flame length, moderate condition (feet)

SCENARIO = see ArcFuels documentation

CC = Canopy Cover (percent)

FML = Fuel model

CHT = Canopy Height (feet)

CBH = Canopy Base Height (feet)

CBD = Canopy Bulk Density (kilograms/cubic meters)

YR = Simulation Year (also the fire year)

BA_ALL = Basal Area of all species (squared feet/acre)

BA_ABCO = Basal Area of individual species (Abies concolor), please see USDA Plants database (https://plants.sc.egov.usda.gov/) for descriptions of species codes
(squared feet/acre)

BA_ABMA = Basal Area of individual species (Abies magnifica), please see USDA Plants database for descriptions of species codes
(squared feet/acre)

BA_CADE27 = Basal Area of individual species (Calocedrus decurrens), please see USDA Plants database for descriptions of species codes
(squared feet/acre)

BA_PILA = Basal Area of individual species (Pinus lambertiana), please see USDA Plants database for descriptions of species codes
(squared feet/acre)

BA_PIPO = Basal Area of individual species (Pinus ponderosa), please see USDA Plants database for descriptions of species codes
(squared feet/acre)

BA_PIJE = Basal Area of individual species (Pinus jeffreyi), please see USDA Plants database for descriptions of species codes
(squared feet/acre)

BA_PSME = Basal Area of individual species (Pseudotsuga menziesii ), please see USDA Plants database for descriptions of species codes
(squared feet/acre)

BA_QUKE = Basal Area of individual species (Quercus kelloggii), please see USDA Plants database for descriptions of species codes
(squared feet/acre)

BA_QUCH2 = Basal Area of individual species (Quercus chrysolepis), please see USDA Plants database for descriptions of species codes
(squared feet/acre)

BA_SEGI2 = Basal Area of individual species (Sequoiadendron giganteum), please see USDA Plants database for descriptions of species
codes (squared feet/acre)

BA_ARME = Basal Area of individual species (Arbutus menziesi), please see USDA Plants database for descriptions of species codes
(squared feet/acre)

TPA_LT6 = Tree Density, trees less than 6 inches dbh (trees/acre)

TPA_GT6 = Tree Density, trees greater than or equal to 6 inches dbh (trees/acre)

QMD = Quadratic Mean Diameter (inches)


\Data\YYYY_*LOCATION*\trees\*LOCATION*_FVS_Database.mdb
Microsoft Excel open XML spreadsheet file containing FVS tree and stand files. (YYYY = year and *LOCATION* = Crag, BarOrleans, Ralston, Warm, Antelope, Sweatfarm, Clover, Lion, Aspen, Rim, Beaver, French, King, Rough, Willow, Cedar, Tatanka, Pier, Schaeffer) - NOTE: For *LOCATION* = Pier there is both a PRE and POST file, and for Cedar there are files for “red is dead” and “red is live”. These files contain multiple tables: StandInit and TreeInit. The StandInit table contains variables describing the stand and plot size which FVS uses to compute stand characteristics. The Tree Init table contains the tree data records which are read by FVS. Please see FVS documentation, “Essential FVS”, for more information.

STANDINIT variables include:

Stand_ID = ID used by FVS

Variant = Species list and growth equations used by FVS, see FVS documentation

Inv_Year = Year the inventory or monitoring was completed

Groups = See FVS documentation, "Essential FVS"

AddFiles = See FVS documentation, "Essential FVS"

FVSKeywords = See FVS documentation, "Essential FVS"

Latitude = Latitude of stand (decimal degrees)

Longitude = Longitude of stand (decimal degrees)

Region = Region in which stand is located, see FVS documentation

Forest = Forest in which stand is located, see FVS documentation

District = District in which stand is located, see FVS documentation

Compartment = Compartment in which stand is located, see FVS documentation

Location = Location in which stand is located, see FVS documentation

Ecoregion = Ecoregion in which stand is located, see FVS documentation

PV_Code = See FVS documentation, "Essential FVS"

PV_Ref_Code = See FVS documentation, "Essential FVS"

Age = See FVS documentation, "Essential FVS"

Aspect = Aspect of stand (degrees)

Slope = Slope of stand (percent)

Elevation = Elevation of stand (feet)

ElevFt = Elevation of stand (feet)

Basal_Area_Factor = Basal area factor used in variable radius plots

Inv_Plot_Size = Inverse plot size, set to "1" for FBAT data using variable radius plots, please see FVS documentation, "Essential FVS"
P244.

Brk_DBH = Breakpoint diameter, set to "999" for FBAT data, please see FVS documentation, "Essential FVS" P244.

Num_Plots = Number of plots, set to "1" for FBAT data using variable radius plots, please see FVS documentation, "Essential FVS" P244.

NonStk_Plots = See FVS documentation, "Essential FVS"

Sam_Wt = See FVS documentation, "Essential FVS"

Stk_Pcnt = See FVS documentation, "Essential FVS"

DG_Trans = See FVS documentation, "Essential FVS"

DG_Measure = See FVS documentation, "Essential FVS"

HTG_Trans = See FVS documentation, "Essential FVS"

HTG_Measure = See FVS documentation, "Essential FVS"

Mort_Measure = See FVS documentation, "Essential FVS"

Max_BA = See FVS documentation, "Essential FVS"

Max_SDI = See FVS documentation, "Essential FVS"

Site_Species = See FVS documentation, "Essential FVS"

Site_Index = See FVS documentation, "Essential FVS"

Model_Type = See FVS documentation, "Essential FVS"

Physio_Region = See FVS documentation, "Essential FVS"

Forest_Type = See FVS documentation, "Essential FVS"

State = See FVS documentation, "Essential FVS"

County = See FVS documentation, "Essential FVS"

Fuel_Model = See FVS documentation, "Essential FVS"

Fuel_0_25_H = See FVS documentation, "Essential FVS"

Fuel_25_1_H = See FVS documentation, "Essential FVS"

Fuel_1_3_H = See FVS documentation, "Essential FVS"

Fuel_3_6_H = See FVS documentation, "Essential FVS"

Fuel_6_12_H = See FVS documentation, "Essential FVS"

Fuel_12_20_H = See FVS documentation, "Essential FVS"

Fuel_20_35_H = See FVS documentation, "Essential FVS"

Fuel_35_50_H = See FVS documentation, "Essential FVS"

Fuel_gt_50_H = See FVS documentation, "Essential FVS"

Fuel_0_25_S = See FVS documentation, "Essential FVS"

Fuel_25_1_S = See FVS documentation, "Essential FVS"

Fuel_1_3_S = See FVS documentation, "Essential FVS"

Fuel_3_6_S = See FVS documentation, "Essential FVS"

Fuel_6_12_S = See FVS documentation, "Essential FVS"

Fuel_12_20_S = See FVS documentation, "Essential FVS"

Fuel_20_35_S = See FVS documentation, "Essential FVS"

Fuel_35_50_S = See FVS documentation, "Essential FVS"

Fuel_gt_50_S = See FVS documentation, "Essential FVS"

Fuel_Litter = See FVS documentation, "Essential FVS"

Fuel_Duff = See FVS documentation, "Essential FVS"

Photo_Ref = See FVS documentation, "Essential FVS"

Photo_code = See FVS documentation, "Essential FVS"


TREEINIT variables include:

Stand_ID = ID used by FVS

Plot = Plot number

Status = Pre- or post-fire

Tree_ID = Tree ID used by FVS

Tree_Count = Number of trees represented by record - please see ArcFuels documentation

History = Mortality code 1-6 used by FVS

Species = Species of tree (see USDA Plants database for species codes)

DBH = Diameter at breast height of tree (inches)

DG = See FVS documentation, "Essential FVS"

Ht = Height (feet)

HTG = See FVS documentation, "Essential FVS"

HtTopK = See FVS documentation, "Essential FVS"

CrRatio = Crown ratio - please see ArcFuels documentation

Damage1 = Damage code 1 - please see FVS documentation, "Essential FVS" p59, and Appendix A

Severity1 = Severity code 1 - please see FVS documentation, "Essential FVS" p59, and Appendix A

Damage2 = Damage code 2 - please see FVS documentation, "Essential FVS" p59, and Appendix A

Severity2 = Severity code 2 - please see FVS documentation, "Essential FVS" p59, and Appendix A

Damage3 = Damage code 3 - please see FVS documentation, "Essential FVS" p59, and Appendix A

Severity3 = Severity code 3 - please see FVS documentation, "Essential FVS" p59, and Appendix A

TreeValue = See FVS documentation, "Essential FVS"

Prescription = See FVS documentation, "Essential FVS"

Age = See FVS documentation, "Essential FVS"

Slope = Slope of stand (percent)

Aspect = Aspect of stand (degrees)

PV_Code = See FVS documentation, "Essential FVS"

TopoCode = See FVS documentation, "Essential FVS"

SitePrep = See FVS documentation, "Essential FVS"


SUPPLEMENTAL FILES INCLUDED

\Supplements\FBAT_file-level_additional_info_trees.pdf: Adobe Acrobat PDF/a file containing additional notes or comments pertaining to each individual fire.

\Supplements\FBAT_Plot_Layout.pdf: Adobe Acrobat PDF/a file containing a diagram of the FBAT plot layout along with a brief list of key method changes throughout the years FBAT has taken data to present (2020). The diagram depicts (not to scale) the lengths and directions of the fuel transects in relation to the various fire behavior sensors installed on plots. The summary of methods changes highlights namely differences in subsampling, i.e. the number of fuel transects or rate of spread sensors used.

\Supplements\FVS_ArcFuels\!FBAT_Trees_Data_Entry_FVS.xlsx
Microsoft Excel open XML spreadsheet file containing a template which can be used to format tree data for computation of canopy fuels and stand characteristics using FVS through the ArcFuels toolbar.

\Supplements\FVS_ArcFuels\ArcFuels_FVS_HowTo_AR_22May2017.pdf
Adobe Acrobat PDF/a file containing instructions on how to prepare tree data for, and run tree data through FVS using the ArcFuels toolbar in ArcGIS. Original written by Nicole Vaillant with minor edits by Carol Ewell and Alicia Reiner.

\Supplements\FVS_ArcFuels\ArcFuels_v1209.esriAddIn
ESRI Add in file used to compute tree stand and canopy characteristics using Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS) processors.

\Supplements\FVS_ArcFuels\BA_Species_WS.kcp
KCP file that includes all species in western variant plus CANCALC statement to include hardwoods used to calculate basal area by species. Used to rerun data for which non-FVS methods were used to calculate canopy fuels occurring in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

\Supplements\FVS_ArcFuels\Blank_FVS_Database.mdb:
Microsoft Access database template which can be used to format tree data for computation of canopy fuels and stand characteristics using FVS through the ArcFuels toolbar.
Entity_and_Attribute_Detail_Citation:
USDA, NRCS. 2018. The PLANTS Database (https://plants.usda.gov/, 28 September 2018). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA.

All FVS documentation can be found on the FVS website: https://www.fs.fed.us/fvs/

Crookston, Nicholas L.; Dixon, Gary E. 2005. The Forest Vegetation Simulator: A review of its structure, content, and applications. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture. 49(1): 60-80. https://www.fs.usda.gov/treesearch/pubs/28474 or https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compag.2005.02.003

Dixon, Gary E. comp. 2002. Essential FVS: A user’s guide to the Forest Vegetation Simulator. Internal Rep. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Management Service Center. 226p. (Revised: May 18, 2018). https://www.fs.fed.us/fmsc/ftp/fvs/docs/gtr/EssentialFVS.pdf

Rebain, Stephanie A. comp. 2010 (revised March 23, 2015). The Fire and Fuels Extension to the Forest Vegetation Simulator: Updated Model Documentation. Internal Rep. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Management Service Center. 403p. https://www.fs.fed.us/fmsc/ftp/fvs/docs/gtr/FFEguide.pdf

Vaillant, Nicole M.; Ager, Alan A.; Anderson, John. 2013. ArcFuels10 system overview. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-875. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 65 p. https://www.fs.usda.gov/treesearch/pubs/43065 or https://doi.org/10.2737/PNW-GTR-875
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