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Fire-induced tree mortality

January, 2016

This project is a continuation and expansion of several past research projects on fire-induced tree mortaltiy. Please see individual project pages for details on specific projects (Douglas-fir and Fire, Post-fire Tree Mortality, Wildfire effects in grand fir-hemlock forests). 

Tree mortality is an obvious and important consequence of fire in forested ecosystems. Yet our understanding of how fire kills trees is surprisingly rudimentary. Current models of fire-induced tree mortality use simple linear models optimized for a small set of commercially important species and most incorporate only single parameters for defense (bark thickness) and injury (crown scorch).

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Mixed-severity fire with patches of low and high tree mortality
Mixed-severity fire with patches of low and high tree mortality



Kane, J.M., Varner, J.M., Metz, M.R. & van Mantgem, P.J. (2017) Characterizing interactions between fire and other disturbances and their impacts on tree mortality in western U.S. Forests. Forest Ecology and Management, 405, 188-199.

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Principal Investigators:
Morgan Varner - Pacific Northwest Research Station
VAn Mantgem - USGS

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