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Exploring Use of Climate Information in Wildland Fire Management: A Decision Calendar StudyAuthor(s): Thomas W. Corringham; Anthony L. Westerling; Barbara J. Morehouse
Source: In: Aguirre-Bravo, C.; Pellicane, Patrick J.; Burns, Denver P.; and Draggan, Sidney, Eds. 2006. Monitoring Science and Technology Symposium: Unifying Knowledge for Sustainability in the Western Hemisphere Proceedings RMRS-P-42CD. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 603-613
Publication Series: Proceedings (P)
Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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DescriptionWildfire management is an institutionally complex process involving a complex budget and appropriations cycle, a variety of objectives, and a set of internal and external political constraints. Significant potential exists for enhancing the use of climate information and long-range climate forecasts in wildland fire management in the Western U.S. Written surveys and interviews of fire and fuels managers at local, regional, and national levels, provide information and insights into the decision processes, information flows, and decision nodes used in wildfire planning and management, and allow the construction of decision calendars showing how climate information needs vary seasonally, over space, and through the organizational network.
Potential exists for fostering use of climate information, including seasonal to inter-annual climate forecasts at all organizational levels, ultimately opening possibilities for improved targeting of fuels treatments and prescribed burns, more effective positioning and movement of initial attack resources, and improved staffing and budgeting decisions. Longer-term (decadal) forecasts could be useful at the national level in setting budget and research priorities. We examine the kinds of organizational changes that could facilitate effective use of existing climate information and climate forecast capabilities.
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CitationCorringham, Thomas W.; Westerling, Anthony L.; Morehouse, Barbara J. 2006. Exploring Use of Climate Information in Wildland Fire Management: A Decision Calendar Study. In: Aguirre-Bravo, C.; Pellicane, Patrick J.; Burns, Denver P.; and Draggan, Sidney, Eds. 2006. Monitoring Science and Technology Symposium: Unifying Knowledge for Sustainability in the Western Hemisphere Proceedings RMRS-P-42CD. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 603-613
Keywordsmonitoring, assessment, sustainability, Western Hemisphere, sustainable management, ecosystem resources, climate, wildland fire management
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