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Reconstructing U.S. wildland fire trends

January, 2014 to December, 2016

The ecological, economic, and health and safety concerns surrounding wildland fires are driving the need to better understand climate-fire interactions. One component of climate-fire interactions is the relationship between weather conditions concurrent with burning (i.e., fire danger) and the magnitude of fire activity. To date, most relationships have been developed using monthly or seasonally averaged fire danger indexes and total accumulated burned area. This project extends and resolves these relationships by synchronizing a daily gridded fire danger climatology with daily satellite observations of fire activity collected with the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS).

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Image: map comparison
Image: map comparison


National Strategic Program Areas: 
Wildland Fire and Fuels
National Priority Research Areas: 
Forest Disturbances
RMRS Science Program Areas: 
Fire, Fuel and Smoke
RMRS Strategic Priorities: 
Fire Sciences
Project Contact: 

Principal Investigators:
Mark A. Cochrane - NASA

Research Staff: